Lydiate insists beating Australia is the next step for the Grand Slam champions
Wales flanker Dan Lydiate is determined to gain revenge over Australia on Saturday.
The Wallabies have claimed two narrow victories over Wales this season - first in the World Cup Bronze Final, then at the Millennium Stadium in December.
Lydiate was bitterly disappointed with the performance during the two side's last clash in Cardiff.
But after claiming the Six Nations Grand Slam and recording a six-match winning streak, Lydiate is determined to turn Wales' 'Ashes Series' around.
"When we played Australia at the Millennium Stadium before Christmas I felt we let ourselves down," said the 2012 Six Nations Player of the Tournament.
"If it was an Ashes cricket series we'd be two down with four to play in the series, so we've got work to do to get back in it.
"It's going to be a massive challenge because not many European teams go to the southern hemisphere and get results.
"But we will definitely be up for it and we're looking forward to getting stuck into them.
"There's no point in messing around, you have got to tackle things head-on.
"It is exciting times and we've gone there off the back of a Grand Slam.
"The next step for us to get a result in the southern hemisphere."
Wales have not taken a major southern hemisphere scalp Down Under since beating the Wallabies at the 1987 World Cup. But Lydiate insists it is time to earn the respect of the big three.
"We need to start winning against them," said Lydiate.
"We nearly always seem to be in it and have a chance of beating them when we play, but they know how to get over the finishing line.
"It's only when you do win in the southern hemisphere they will start taking notice of you. It's our mission to win that respect."
One of the key battles in Brisbane will be in the back-row. Lydiate, Sam Warburton and Toby Faletau have won widespread plaudits in the past 12 months but will come up against David Pocock and company.
"I've played against Australia a couple of times in the last 12 months and know a lot about them," added Lydiate.
"They're a very dangerous team and have such quality - their back-line is awesome and their back-row is one of the best in the world."
Wales Sevens are looking to re-group after a disappointing tournament last time out in South Africa. The next double leg in New Zealand and Las Vegas offers Gareth Williams a chance to redeem themselves.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was at Llandovery to see the conclusion of an entertaining Women's Regional championship where any one of three teams were in contention for title glory on the last day of action.
Christmas has come early at Glynneath rugby club, one of a number around Wales who have received an array of merchandise and equipment this December courtesy of the Welsh Rugby Union's £750,000 participation points scheme.
The WRU have been delivering on the scheme - which gives individual clubs access to up to £5,000 worth of supplies and equipment each for the 2014/2015 season - over the last two weeks and today (Friday) were received by a special guest in Glynneath, club president and pitch marker Max Boyce.
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.