Ciara Griffin is confident that there will be no hangover within the Ireland squad following last weekend's Six Nations defeat to France.

Ireland fell to a comprehensive 56-16 defeat against France in their clash at Donnybrook.

The eight-try mauling meant that Adam Griggs’ side finished second in Pool B and will face Italy, who beat Scotland 41-20, this weekend in a play-off for third place in the re-formatted championship.

While there has been plenty of reflection on what went wrong against semi-professional France, Griffin insists that Ireland have already moved on and are more than ready for the challenge that Italy will bring on Saturday (kick-off 12pm, live on RTÉ2).

"It’s all about turning that page and that’s what we’ve to focus on," she said. "France is done, we’ve Italy now and that’s what we’ve to focus on.

"There’s a very good mood in the camp, people are chomping at the bit to put in a good performance and right a few wrong from last week. That’s the main thing.

"People are looking to put in a good performance and focus on us.

We go out with a job to do and that's to put in a good performance and finish third at home

"We want to play games and every chance you have to play a game you want do well and perform well, so we want to finish strong. A top-three finish have been our aim and our target, so nothing stops there.

"We go out with a job to do and that’s to put in a good performance and finish third at home.

"It’s about focusing on us and our skills and our performance and focusing on our gameplan and sticking to it. That’s what we’ve been working on this week and we’re looking forward to executing it tomorrow."

Following on from the weekend's heavy defeat, Ireland have made three changes to the starting line-up with Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, Stacey Flood and Brittany Hogan coming in for their first Test starts in the third/fourth-placed play-off.

Former Ireland captain Claire Molloy has been omitted from both the starting line and the replacements and head coach Adam Griggs raised some eyebrows when he said that the 32-year-old had "things that she can still work on".

However, Griffin believes that Molloy will take the setback on the chin and can work her way back into the Irish team.

"We’re a group here who are pushing each other to the limit and there is that competition for places, that’s elite sport," she said.

"I have no doubt Molloy will come back better and stronger than ever, but I’m looking forward to seeing Brittany at the weekend and seeing how she goes."

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