Wales were unable to repeat their exploits of last week in the IRB Sevens series when they were knocked out of the Bowl at the semi-final stage of the USA leg in San Diego.
After finishing third in their pool behind Fiji and eventual winners Argentina, Wales were condemned to play in the Bowl. After a comfortable victory Japan in the quarter-final, Wales were narrowly pipped in the semi-final 26-24 by Australia.
Wales found themselves in a tough group on day one where they found themselves paired with Fiji and Argentina along with Mexico.
They opened the tournament with a 35-14 defeat to Fiji who gained revenge for the loss they suffered in Wellington seven days earlier.
Fiji built on a 21-7 halftime lead with newcomer Tuwai crossing for two tries early in the second half to take them clear.
With Wales fielding a considerably different side to the one which beat both Fiji and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium, Phil John's side struggled against the consistent Argentina side who swept to a four tries to one victory to record a 20-5 success.
Wales managed to regain their poise in their final pool game against minnows Mexico to win 57-0. Lee Beach, Rhodri McAtee and Chris Davies all grabbing braces.
Finishing behind Fiji and Argentina meant Wales went into the Bowl for day two where they faced Japan in the quarter-finals.
Wales outscored Japan by four tries to two to beat them 28-12 and reach the Bowl semi final against Australia.
The Aussies got off to a flier before a late flurry of tries by Wales saw them score three tries in the dying minutes to come within two points but Australia held out for a 26-24 victory.
Australia raced over for four tries before Wales mounted a late rally through Rhys Webb who sped over for two tries and Tal Selley.
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Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
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.
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