RGC star Afon Bagshaw helped a youthful Wales 7s side to shield success at a major tournament.

The full-back made a telling contribution to the national side’s cause throughout the event, which saw many of the senior figures unable to compete due to their involvement at the Commonwealth Games.

Also in the squad was former RGC Academy product Tom Williams, with the ex-Rydal Penrhos School pupil getting some much-needed minutes before departing for the Gold Coast to join up with the squad.

Gareth Williams’ side ended the competition on a high after finishing 13th out of the 16 teams at the tournament with a 33-5 success over Samoa to secure the consolation prize.

They finished third in pool D after losing to Argentina and the United States before beating France.

Wales face Fiji (Hong Kong winners), Uganda and Sri Lanka in their group at the Games.

Williams, said: “We’re very disappointed. The consistency levels are nowhere near good enough. It’s difficult to put a finger on, but we’ve really got to nail it.

“I’d say our mindset and focus going into certain games – I would question if it is there all the time. We do prepare diligently for every team we play, but for example (against Russia), to waste the chances we created, is unacceptable.

“We need to be more consistent and it’s a challenge for our players – particularly our senior players – who are very costly at this moment.”

“We’ve really got to look at ourselves harshly before the Commonwealth Games next week and our bread and butter tournament, which is the World Series in Singapore.”