Anything less than bringing back Bill will be viewed as a failure by the Wallabies, who have set themselves the ultimate goal with two games remaining in their campaign.
A day after coach Michael Cheika admitted he wasn’t convinced about whether there was enough self-belief within his squad, halfback Will Genia answered that question emphatically.
“We want to win,” he said, when asked what a pass mark would be for the Wallabies this tournament.
What about a gallant loss in the final? – would you not go home satisfied in some way?
“No. We want to win,” he repeated.
On Monday, Cheika had challenged his squad over how much they wanted to become the third Australian team to lift the Webb Ellis Cup – and follow in the footsteps of Nick Farr-Jones’ 1991 team and the 1999 squad led by John Eales.
“The biggest hurdle for us is to believe that we actually deserve to go on and do something,” he said.
“I think that self-belief is a key factor for us now to go on. Because, maybe at this stage, we still don’t believe enough.”
In the wake of their fortuitous escape against Scotland, Cheika is understood to have asked each player whether they believe the team can go on and achieve World Cup glory.
Based on Genia’s forthright response, there’s little doubt the belief exists.
“I genuinely believe,” Genia said.
“What (Cheika is) trying to get at is that if you think you won’t (succeed), you won’t.
“You’ve got to eliminate all doubts and think you deserve to win it because you’ve done the hard work.
“You’ve got to believe you can win it – you can go all the way. That way, you take out any doubts.
“The moment you start having doubts, that hesitation creeps in. And you sort of fall off the pace a little bit.
“The self-belief is built over all the hard work everyone has done.
“That has to continue day by day because his big thing is one little thing can change that; one little thing can give you belief.”