Jonathan Davies has no doubt that Wales can make a strong RBS 6 Nations title defence despite experiencing their worst losing run for 10 seasons.
Wales' next game is a Six Nations opener against Ireland in Cardiff on February 2 but they will head into it on a demoralising sequence of seven successive defeats and no victory over a Test-playing country since last season's tournament when they beat France to clinch the Grand Slam.
"We have just got to make sure we look forward to a big Six Nations," said centre Davies. "We are defending champions and that is the way we must think. We've got to have some confidence about us and not be down on ourselves."
Australia ended a deflating, injury-riddled autumn campaign for Wales in dramatic fashion when Kurtley Beale's 80th-minute try saw the Wallabies edge home 14-12 and leave their opponents shell-shocked.
Life will not get any easier for Wales as they face three Six Nations away games this term, including France in Paris, while head coach Warren Gatland is about to take up full-time British and Irish Lions work ahead of next summer's Australia tour.
Davies added: "It is a big couple of months. We will go back to our regions now, work hard and make sure we are ready for the Six Nations.
"The boys have stuck together, and I am very confident we can bounce back.
"There are a group of us now that will probably have to step up and be more senior when 'Gats' is away and take on a bit more responsibility. We've all got to step up to the plate."
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