Wales went down 59-7 to New Zealand in Johannesburg in the third-fourth match of the first IRB Under-21 World Cup.
South Africa defeated Australia 24-21 in the final, while favourites New Zealand had to be content with third place.
The only Welsh score came from Swansea full-back Gareth Swales, who crossed for a try that Cardiff fly half Nicky Robinson converted.
New Zealand scored eight tries, all converted, and an early penalty goal.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose
WRUTV caught up with Wales Women captain Rachel Taylor at the RBS 6 Nations launch and how a good crowd really helps boost the girls performance. Tickets for all three Women's home games at The Gnoll, Neath are available from www.wru.wales/tickets