Wales won their final match in the Junior World Cup in Italy by defeating the hosts 19-15 in Treviso and finished in seventh place.
It was New Zealand who rocked the other nations by defeating France in the final by a massive score of 71-18, while South Africa beat Argentina for third place 55-19 and Scotland beat England 17-10 for fifth and sixth spots.
Wales were boosted by four penalties and a conversion from New College, Cardiff, fly half Nick MacLeod with the solitary try coming from full back Matthew Jones.
Italy scored a try in either half as Wales led 9-7 at the interval and went to 19-10 before Italy added their second try.
In the Home Nations under-18 Festival at Otley, Wales began by defeating Ireland 20-5 and England beat Scotland 17-10.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.