Wales won their first Grand Slam in 27 years this year but have suffered record defeats to New Zealand and South Africa this month. They even needed a late drop goal to beat lowly Fiji and have scored only two tries in the three games. But Thomas still believes his injury-ravaged team can salvage some pride by beating the Wallabies in Cardiff on Saturday.
"With the way things have gone this Autumn the players realise this is their last chance to put things right," said Thomas. "We wanted to play against these big teams to test ourselves but we feel we are better than this. The only way to move forward is to get a victory - that is more important to us than anything.
"We have dug in and shown improvements from each game but we know we need to cut out the errors that have been costing us so far.
"We're not looking for excuses but we've had a lot of injuries and new combinations this month and our preparation hasn't been ideal. But come Saturday, if we perform well, everything that has gone on before will be forgotten. I'm sure we can win."
The slump in form has seen Wales drop to sixth in the world rankings while Australia regained their place in the top three with an emphatic victory over Ireland in Dublin. That win ended their own miserable run of seven successive defeats while Wales have not beaten the Aussies since 1987.
Thomas added: "Australia have had a tough year but you can never write off a team like the Wallabies. They have been a top three team for the last ten years."
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.