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.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series