vWales coach Steve Hansen has warned his players that their World Cup campaign could end a lot sooner than hoped for if they allow their minds to wander from the immediate job at hand.
"For different sides, like England, New Zealand and France, who expect to be in the final, their preparation will be a little bit easier, they can build into the tournament," he said.
"For us, we have to take each game as it comes because we have got to win each game and we have got to work hard to win them.
''Our next game is Canada and that is the most important at the moment because if we blow that opportunity it will be very difficult to qualify. It is an old cliche but for us it is pertinent. Our mindset right off the plane has been preparing for this Test against Canada."
Hansen will ensure his players waste no time on thoughts of the knockout phase but hit the ground running at the indoor Telstra Dome in Melbourne on October 12.
"We need to be gelling as a group and then name our team as early as possible and get cracking with the preparations for a Test match," he said.
"The first game after a break is always the most difficult, that's when you are at your most vulnerable.
"But Canada are in the same position so we need prepare in an honest and genuine fashion."
After being in Australia for just 24 hours, the squad looked relaxed and happy as they played beach volleyball at Manly.
The squad remain in Sydney until Friday when they travel to Canberra - and that is where the hard work begins.
"When we get to Canberra, the true preparations for a Test match will swing into place," said Hansen.
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.