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.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.