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."
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.