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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.