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.
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.