Wales captain Colin Charvis says his team should be proud of their efforts at the World Cup.
Charvis was impressive in Wales' two defeats
The Welsh were written off as no-hopers before they left for Australia.
And although they are now heading home after being knocked out in the quarter-finals, two stirring performances against New Zealand and England have given them genuine hope for the future.
"I don't think we should have regrets that we came so close and lost, we just have to ensure we do better in the future," said the 30-year-old flanker.
"Some people did not even believe we would reach the quarter-finals, let alone compete against New Zealand and England.
"It's a bitter pill to swallow but obviously we need to produce a little bit more if we are going to win these matches rather than just compete in them.
"There are a lot of positives to take out of our performances in Australia and we have to keep looking forward because there is a bright future ahead for Welsh rugby.
"The really good thing is that most of the players who came out here are going to be around for a long time and that should help our development.
"Maybe then we could even start winning some silverware rather than just having pride in wearing the red jersey."
Charvis insisted he wants to continue his international career, but his future is the subject of intense speculation.
Over the weekend he was linked him with a move to France, but Charvis claims he is undecided about which club he is going to sign for.
"I would like to play for Wales for the next 12 months," he said.
"Steve Hansen is coach for the Six Nations and I have to be in a position where he can select me, so we will have to see what happens."