Jonathon Thomas says that losing to Australia in the final Invesco Perpetual Series game of 2009 is a huge blow to the Wales team
Thomas was brought into the fray in the second half, with Wales in desperate need of a lift at the lineout and scrum, where they were being outmuscled and outplayed.
With captain Ryan Jones' late withdrawal from the squad, it meant a reshuffled back line but Thomas watched the first hour from the bench before running on to earn his landmark 50th cap,
"I would have preferred to have started the game and to have won on my fiftieth cap but I'm really delighted to get that achievement. Many great players never reached that milestone it is an honour. But the game overshadowed it a bit."
He continued: "To say we are disappointed is an understatement. We had problems as a team and we are disappointed and embarrassed by the performance.
"It was a very fast and physical game but it is always like that when you play the top teams. We lost a lot of the 50/50s in the air and lost out in lots of contact situations.
"That is something we have been pretty good at over the last two years so we were disappointed. They were hungrier than us. I don't know why we played like that because we've played in plenty of games as a group now. The game didn't show the difference between the teams - we just lost the battle on the day."
Young referee Ben Breakspear is making rapid strides as a referee. In just over a year he has gone from officiating a college game to being a touchline official during last weekend's RBS 6 Nations clash between Wales and Ireland at Principality Stadium.
Grand Slams, Triple Crowns and British and Irish Lions tours - Sir Gareth Edwards did it all. But what are his favourite moments in what was an amazing career? WRU TV finds out - along with his favourite players of today in the third and final instalment of our series with the greatest rugby player ever.
JPR Williams, Gerald Davies and Mervyn Davies were among those in the Welsh ranks when Sir Gareth Edwards began his international career against France nearly 50 years ago, but who was the player who took the young scrum half under their wing?
Wales head coach Rob Howley and captain Alun Wyn Jones are expecting a physical battle against France on Saturday but both are hoping for another impact from the bench as the men in red chase a top-four world ranking.
It's nearly 50 years since the great Sir Gareth Edwards made his debut as a youngster for Wales against France in Stade Colombes. In the first of a series, WRU TV discovers he pocketed a 'special momento' from the game - something he still has today.
This week, Wales squad players Sam Warburton, Jonathan Davies and Ken Owens took time out to support Operation Net Safe, a joint initiative by the four Welsh police forces to tackle child sexual abuse. The forces are working with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused, on a campaign called Stop it Now!