Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie with the team during the final Bledisloe game against New Zealand on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
No pressure Ewen McKenzie, but your boss Bill Pulver is pinning big hopes on the Wallabies' northern tour. It's been 29 years since Andrew Slack's Wallabies created history with a memorable grand slam triumph that wowed the United Kingdom.
And Australian Rugby Union chief Pulver, fighting tooth and nail to boost a battered code, believes a second sweep of the Home Unions next month couldn't be better timed.
The Wallabies fly out for London on Friday aiming to restore pride after a difficult 2013 on the field - three wins from 10 Tests - which has further highlighted the game's precarious financial position.
Pulver, though, believes success against England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales would go a long way to removing the dark clouds and renewing interest in the code.
The 1984 grand slam, when legendary five-eighth Mark Ella scored a try in all four Test wins, was the highlight for Australian rugby to that point in its history.
Not only did it have the British pundits in raptures but it also energised the game in Australia.
David Campese, Nick Farr-Jones and Michael Lynagh were young members of Slack's slick backline who would go on to claim the Bledisloe Cup in 1986 and the 1991 World Cup in London.
Emulating the 1984 team, coached by Alan Jones, would likewise give new coach McKenzie a huge springboard towards the 2015 World Cup in England.
The ninth grand slam tour by Australia also includes a Test against Italy - its second fixture on November 9 in Turin - after it starts the campaign with the toughest clash, against world No.3 England at Twickenham.
Originally, the tour was set down for four weeks, finishing with Tests against Ireland (November 16) and Scotland (November 23), before the ARU and equally cash-strapped Welsh devised a fifth, making the grand slam sweep a possibility.