Ireland captain Niamh Briggs has said her side are focused on building towards the World Cup ahead of Sunday's tie with New Zealand.

The Irish women take on the Black Ferns at the UCD Bowl in Belfied at 2pm on Sunday (live updates on RTÉ Radio 1), with Briggs returning to the side have missed their last two games due to injury.

Having lost to England and Canada in recent weeks, the Irish side head into the encounter with the world's number-one ranked side looking for a win but also a performance.

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Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Briggs admitted that heading into any game, you want to go out and win it.

However, "on the other side of it, performance has got to be really important," she said.

"We know the level that the likes of England, Canada and New Zealand are at.

"That's where we want to be and we’ve got to try and take the steps to get to there."

With the World Cup due to take place in Ireland next August, full-back Briggs admitted that the interim period is going to be spent building to peak at that tournament.

"For us it’s a huge seven or eight months to the World Cup and that’s where we've got to keep building.

"We're not going to win a World Cup next Sunday, but we certainly want to do next August."

A positive performance against the Black Ferns this weekend would certainly provide a good foundation for Tom Tierney's side as their building work continues.

The game will be streamed live via the Irish Rugby YouTube Channel.