Wales made one starting change for its Rugby World Cup semifinal against France on Oct. 15, choosing James Hook at fly-half after Rhys Priestland was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
James Hook scored 13 points to lead Wales past England 19-9 in an international rugby Test match in Cardiff.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
South Africa opened its Rugby World Cup defense by coming back to beat Wales 17-16 and avoid the first upset of the 20-nation tournament in New Zealand. Australia and Ireland also began with victories.
Wales kept alive its chances of advancing to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals by beating Samoa 17-10 as England and France secured their second straight wins at the tournament.
Australia defeated Wales 21-18 to secure third place at the Rugby World Cup and avoid three losses at the four-yearly championship for the first time.
Wales rebounded from losing its rugby Test series opener to Australia by beating the ACT Brumbies 25-15 in a midweek tour match.
World champion South Africa came from behind to beat Wales 34-31 in a rugby Test at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
England was denied its first Six Nations rugby Grand Slam in eight years after losing its final game to Ireland 24-8, but still claimed the title after Wales lost 28-9 to France.