Australia's Man of the Match in Cardiff, fly-half Bernard Foley, hopes the tough times in 2016 will be a platform for success.
Foley was a try scorer as the Wallabies demolished a poor Wales outfit on Saturday to start their five-game tour on a high.
Discussing the off-field distractions the team have dealt with this year, Foley added that the focus for himself and his team-mates had been solely on themselves.
"For us, there has been a lot of external noise which we have had to put up with this year," Foley said.
"But as a squad, we have been taking no notice of that external noise and trying to focus on our roles in the squad and be really tight as a group.
"I think the resilience this team has shown, the character it has shown, and the test we have been put through this year, it is just hopefully setting the platform for future success."
A re-match with England will be Australia's final stop on December 3, but despite the chance for some revenge after losing their series 3-0 earlier in the year, Foley is not getting ahead of himself.
"As much as we all look forward to that [England] game, we can't get ahead of ourselves," he explained.
"For me, it is just trying to go out there and lead this team. It is allowing the forwards to get us on the front-foot – they have carried the ball excellently – which creates opportunities.
"We took some good opportunities against Wales, and we probably let some slip."