Jamie Roberts has warned his Wales team-mates that Australia will fight back like a 'wounded animal' in Cardiff.
The Wallabies suffered a shock 9-8 defeat to Andy Robinson's Scotland at Murrayfield.But British Lions star centre, who fractured his skull in a clash with Stirling Mortlock in last season's 21-18 triumph, admits he expects another battle royale next Saturday.
Roberts, 23, said: "It was a huge win for Scottish rugby and the weather conditions suited them down to the ground. But that result will make it tougher for us. It's always harder to play a side who have just lost.
"Australia will come here like a wounded animal and play with extra fire. It's a challenge we are looking forward to."
After a Shane Williams-inspired 33-16 win over Argentina, head coach Warren Gatland has also admitted his side need to raise their game for the showdown with Robbie Deans' men at the Millennium Stadium.
Gatland said: "We will definitely have to step up a level next week. Last year we beat Australia and we deserved the victory. But, having dealt with Australians before, I know they will be smarting from that defeat. It will make them even more determined to win.
"It will be nice to show another level of work in training and in our performance next weekend to make sure we improve from game to game."
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.