Ireland’s Paula Fitzpatrick hopes that the upcoming series of autumn internationals will provide the perfect springboard for next year’s World Cup preparations.
Tom Tierney’s side face world champions England, Canada and New Zealand over three consecutive weekends in November.
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Fitzpatrick, who is back home after a spell with Toulouse, told RTÉ Sport’s The Breakdown: “It’s fantastic, to be honest, the opportunity to play three of the best nations in the world.
“It’s going to be fantastic for us to pit ourselves against those guys, so we’re really, really looking forward to it.
“It’s hopefully going to simulate that World Cup environment, where we have four or five days between games.
“You have that kind of quick turnover so you’ve not only got to look at what’s going to be your best 15, but you’ve also got to look at the squad.
“You’re never going to win a World Cup with a group of 15 players
“It’s going to be a squad effort.
“It’ll be looking at the recovery in between games as well, seeing how we can manager ourselves as individuals and as a group.”
The back-rower admitted that while focus for Ireland’s women is never an issue, motivation levels crank up ahead of a World Cup year.
“We’ve always had that professionalism about us, we’d like to think” Fitzpatrick added.
“But there definitely is a focus.
“Everybody knows the timeline that we have. There’s a big emphasis on the timeline that we have and the targets that we have up to that.
“We have November, then we have the Six Nations and then there is the build-up to the World Cup.”