The Welsh Women's rugby team finished tenth in the World Cup following their defeat to Samoa in the bowl final on Friday. It is their highest ever finish in the competition and despite the 17-14 defeat, Wales will return home pleased with their performance.
Fly Half Awen Thomas opened the scoring with a penalty in the ninth minute, but Samoa were quick to respond and a try from Natoealofa edged the Samoans in front. A further two penalties from the boot of Awen Thomas gave Wales a 9-5 lead at half time.
The second half saw Samoa score a questionable try early on, and an additional try from Natoealofa left Wales needing to score twice. No 8 April Dent crossed the line in the 83rd minute but it was too late for Wales to reply.
It was the last game for Welsh players Liza Burgess and Pip Minto. Burgess who has notched up 71 caps in her career hangs up her boots and Flanker Pip Minto retires after 14 years of international rugby having made her debut in March 1988. The Squad will miss their experience but the World Cup has given Wales the chance to show off their young talent graduating through the ranks, in the form of U19's stars Sam Mason, Kerry Jenkins and Gemma Allen.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.