Luke Charteris insists Wales have to come out firing in Brisbane
Luke Charteris insists Wales have to come out firing at the Suncorp Stadium tomorrow as they search for a long-awaited victory over Australia. (KO 11am UK time)
The Grand Slam champions kick-off their three-Test series against the Wallabies in Brisbane but have not tasted victory over Australia, on their own patch, since 1969.
But Charteris, who returns to the starting line-up after missing the majority of the Six Nations through injury, is well aware of the importance of making a winning start.
"Going back to a three Test tour it is vital we getoff to a good start. We were lucky enough to fly out early and get over the jet lag and now we're fit and raring to go," said Charteris.
"Getting the first win under your belt is vital to make a tour successful and more enjoyable. We want to play against the best and we want to earn our victories."
Charteris will pack down alongside Bradley Davies in the second row in what will be the Cardiff Blues lock's first international appearance since he was sin-binned in the Six Nations opener with Ireland. Davies was subsequently cited and banned for six weeks for the 'tip-tackle' on Donnacha Ryan.
But that victory over Ireland set-up Wales' six-match winning run and Charteris is determined to make it seven with an historic victory over the Men from Down Under.
"It has been drummed into us how long it has been since we last beat them over here," added the Perpignan-bound lock.
"We are well aware we haven't played well against southern hemisphere teams away from home.
"We are well aware we need to do something about it. Australia have changed nine of their team from the Scotland team and, if we can defend as well as Scotland did, we will be in a good position."
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.