Wales captain Sam Warburton has urged his team-mates to step up to the challenge of beating their Southern Hemisphere rivals.
Wales captain Sam Warburton has urged his team-mates to step up to the challenge of beating their Southern Hemisphere counterparts.
Warburton captained the British and Irish Lions to a series victory over Australia in June and July, and has called on his Welsh colleagues to match the feats of the England 2003 World Cup-winning outfit.
“It's got to the stage now where we've done well in the northern hemisphere and I always look at the England team of 2003, really, who managed to play the Tri-Nations sides and beat them all,” he told the BBC.
“And as a group of players that's got to be the next step for us.
“We can keep doing well in the Six Nations because that is your bread and butter really; it's the competition.
“But it's getting to the stage now where we have to start performing in the autumn series and get scalps against these southern hemisphere sides for us this autumn.”
Wales will line up against 2013 Rugby Championship runners-up South Africa first on November 9, before tackling Argentina and Tonga respectively.
And Warburton believes confidence in the Welsh camp is sky-high.
“The last time we played here was obviously England 30-3 [to win the Six Nations] and with the Lions boys we had that great success in the summer, which was a massive boost for us,” he said.
“So we're probably as confident as we've ever been going into this autumn and I'm really hopeful that we'll do well.”