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.
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.