Ireland begin their Women’s Six Nations campaign against Wales on Friday night and captain Fiona Coghlan is aiming for a third place finish in the competition.
With France and England already for qualified for the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup, two of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy will miss out. Ireland will need two good Six Nations campaigns to guarantee qualification for the World Cup in 2014.
Speaking to www.scrumqueens.com, Coghlan said: “Finishing third again is something we would hope for as a minimum. We’ve done that the last few years and with our numbers and resources that’s a good return.
“This year we’ve got France and England away which is always the tough year of fixtures for us. Both teams are superb at home and France away is probably one of those games where we have never really managed to do ourselves justice. We have managed to beat them at home so we would love to go there and do something special.”
Speaking about the new rules, Coghlan said: “Before now it was one year of a tournament which went towards qualification but this time around it’s right now and again next year which makes it massively important. We will just be focused on one match at a time though like everyone else but it does add to the interest.”