Gatland in confident mood
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is confident Australia is the place to lead the tourists to a first Test series triumph in 16 years.
Next year's tour Down Under will be the fourth since the Lions' most recent Test series triumph in 1997 (in South Africa).
But Gatland has ruffled Australia's feathers early on, by suggesting that the Wallabies will be the easier proposition when comparing them to fellow southern hemisphere powers New Zealand and South Africa.
"Going to one of the top-three teams in the world, playing away from home and being successful is incredibly challenging," said Gatland.
"But if you'd said to me, out of the three southern hemisphere teams, pick your choice of where you'd like to go, I would've said, 'Australia probably'.
"It's maybe the easiest from a Lions perspective. In the past there are teams that have had some success against the Australian sides."
New Zealand-born Wales coach, however, is wary of the Wallabies' well proven ability to bounce back from defeat with a winning performance.
"We've got to be incredibly aware if we happen to win the first Test. We'll know what's coming in the second Test.
"They will do whatever it takes to get a result."