Scotland skipper Sarah Gill has called on her troops to use the men's team as the inspiration to fire them to RBS 6 Nations and World Cup glory in 2010.
Andy Robinson’s side claimed a famous 9-8 win over Australia in the Autumn – their first victory over the Wallabies in 27 years.
Their female counterparts kick off a busy 2010 on February 7 with their first Six Nations clash against France before taking on the world’s best at the London-based World Cup in August.
New Zealand and England will be the bookies favourites to lift the trophy but Gill is urging her side to match the men’s achievements and upset the odds.
“I think it is exciting times for Scottish rugby because participation rates are really on the rise in the game and that is really increasing the quality,” said Gill.
“There have been a few changes in the structure of the men’s and the women’s game in Scotland and the two are a lot closer together now.
“So it was great to see the men’s team get the win against Australia and hopefully we can follow them next year.
“It does give you a bit of a boost to see results like that and the challenge is for us to do the same now.”
Scotland only had one win to show from their Six Nations campaign in 2009 with England marching to a fourth consecutive crown.
But despite England’s dominance Gill has backed her side to send a message to the world during this season’s campaign.
She said: “Before we think about the World Cup we have got the Six Nations and that is going to be even more important than usual.
“Everyone is looking to make a statement ahead of the World Cup and we are no different.”