What better environment to create a piece of history than at a Women's Rugby World Cup and that is certainly something Australia have their sights set on as they target a first ever victory over the New Zealand Black Ferns in their Pool A encounter on Tuesday.
Australia have gradually been closing the gap on their Trans Tasman rivals, the last meeting resulting in a 22-16 victory for the Black Ferns back in October 2008 and a stark contrast to their encounter only four days earlier in Canberra when the margin was a one-sided 37-3.
The Wallaroos have had to sit and watch as the Black Ferns have won the last three Women's Rugby World Cups dating back to 1998, but Australia's success in the inaugural women's event at RWC Sevens 2009 has established a new belief in the side that anything is possible.
"We have really good competition with them and in all the games we have played against them over the last 10 years we have been inching closer and closer and hopefully we peak at the right time and have it in us to beat them," said Debby Hodgkinson, the Wallaroos number 8.
"Not only do they have a strong physical presence, but they are extremely clinical in everything that they do. There set piece is strong, their backs are fast and slick, so obviously there are a very difficult opponent to be playing but to win a World Cup you have to beat everyone.
Beat the best
"It is unfortunate for us that we have drawn them in our pool, but if we want to win this we may as well go ahead and take on the world champions. You may as well challenge yourself in every single game. We need to look at it in a positive light and if you want to win you have got to beat everyone."
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Hodgkinson, who comes into the starting line up after starting
on the bench against Wales on day one, has experienced victory over
New Zealand in Sevens, not least the "exhilaration" of
sudden death extra-time glory in the RWC Sevens final in Dubai last
Named the Player of the Tournament, Hodgkinson admits the success is a "confidence booster" as they prepare to face the Black Ferns in the standout match on day two, but she knows only too well that Sevens and the 15-a-side version of the Game are different prospects.
"We need to believe that as a group we are capable of beating a team that is so reputable. You have got to remember that the people in that team have changed over the last 10 years and as Australians we love to be underdogs, to be battlers, to be in that position to try and beat the best.
"It is definitely a mental thing as well with New Zealand because they are so renowned for being unbeatable. You are challenged with the haka at the beginning, but we find it more of a motivator to help us ignite us, to come together and be able to beat them.
Living a dream
"We are yet to do it in the Fifteens, we have done it in the Sevens, but Sevens is totally different to Fifteens. There have been comparisons, suggesting we may be able to do it, but it is a different ball game, different players.
"I do believe we are capable of doing it if we come out with our right heads and the right game."
Nicole Beck, the youngest member of Australia's winning side in Dubai, was a try scorer in the Wallaroos' 26-12 defeat of Wales last Friday and like Hodgkinson is itching to get out on the pitch against the Black Ferns and try to secure that elusive first test victory.
"It still seems like a dream to me," admitted Beck, a try scorer in the RWC Sevens final alongside Hodgkinson and one of seven players from that RWC Sevens final in the Wallaroos line-up to face the Black Ferns.
"When we come here and look at all these teams and look at how well we did there, it's just a dream and I just can't believe we went through and won it still.
More to lose
"I'm definitely getting nervous, but looking at our past against New Zealand we have been slowly creeping close, the score line and it will be a really hard hit out, we are each other's rivals and it could go either way.
"It definitely helps the whole team knowing that we've got a fair few girls from the Sevens in this team as well and I think that brings confidence to the whole group knowing that they can be beaten.
"In my eyes they have a lot more to lose than any other team [with their record in World Cups], not that we are saying we are the underdogs, but it just feels like there is a little less pressure. We can just go out and play our game, but they have the added expectations on them.
"To win it would be so awesome, but we've still got South Africa and we can't let our guard down. Even if we do end up losing it's not the end, it will just be experienced needed to go into the semis and finals, so either way there will be positives we can take out from it."
Hodgkinson will make her first start of the tournament at number 8 with regular captain Cheryl Soon returning at scrum half to form a new half-back pairing with Tobie McGann after fly half Tui Ormsby was ruled out of the World Cup with a fractured eye socket.
The elevation into the starting XV of these three RWC Sevens winners are among seven changes Wallaroos coach John Manenti has made to face the Black Ferns, who ran in nine tries to defeat South Africa 55-3 on the opening day.
Manenti's counterpart Brian Evans has labelled the opening quarter of that match "pretty sublime" after seeing his charges wrap up the try-scoring bonus point by then with Carla Hohepa (2), Fiao'o Fa'amausili and Kelly Brazier touching down.
Evans has made a few changes to his starting line-up to face the Wallaroos, bringing in two new props in Mel Bosman and Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox and RWC Sevens finalist Linda Itunu in the forwards and another Victoria Grant to the left wing to give Rebecca Mahoney the start at full back.
"We love playing Australia and they are the same. They're going to want to take it to us physically and they're a very good side, I saw them the other day against Wales and they played well," explained Evans, in his first World Cup as Black Ferns coach.
"We're going to have to be on our game. They've got some strike power across the field, but we're looking forward to it - we love playing Australia."
Avenge the loss
Justine Lavea and Hohepa - the leading try scorer after her hat-trick against South Africa on day one - both scored tries in that RWC Sevens loss to Australia and Evans admits a desire for revenge may be an added motivator for them as well as Grant, Huriana Manuela and Itunu who experienced the pain of that defeat.
"For some of the players who played in Dubai they're probably going to want to avenge that loss to the Aussies," admitted Evans. "I guess to some of the other players it's not a huge factor for them, but there's a number who lost that day and they'll want to get one back.
"I think the Sevens win for Australia does have some merit, possibly not in the men's game but I think in the Women's Game to have seven, eight, nine players of that quality in your squad can make a huge difference.
"So we'll be watching out for some of their named players from there. They pipped us at that Sevens tournament so that's probably heightened our awareness of them and our expectation of what's going to come out there."