Wales were eliminated from the Bowl competition of the San Diego Leg of the IRB World Sevens series after losing a close with match Australia at the semi-final stage.
Australia sneaked that match 26-24 before going on to crush France 40-nil in a one sided final.
Wales high hopes of success in the states were dashed on a disappointing Day 1 that began badly with a 35-14 defeat to Sevens specialists Fiji.
Results did not improve for Wales as they slumped to a 20-5 loss to eventual Cup winners Argentina in the second match of the day - a result that meant they would only contest for the Bowl on Day 2.
A stirring 57-nil win over Mexico completed the first day's play but the win was too little too late for Dai Jenkins' side.
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.
Wales were looking to build on the recent success of reaching the Cup quarter-finals of the Wellington leg of the tour where, for the first time in history, Wales came away from a tournament having lowered the colours of Both New Zealand and Fiji.
Their next outing will be at the World Cup in Dubai in the first week in March, and, in an exiting development fans will be able to watch the tournament online. Click here for more information.
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.