Irish rugby was celebrating on the double last night as Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was selected as the RTÉ Sport Manager of the Year, while recently retired centre Brian O'Driscoll was inducted into the RTÉ/Irish Sports Council Hall of Fame.
Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss insists that despite the squad's impressive GUINNESS Series results, nothing is guaranteed as they head into a busy 2015 that begins with their Six Nations title defence.
Eight years ago this week, Ireland played their last ever international at the old Lansdowne Road. The 61-17 win over the Pacific Islanders completed a November clean sweep for the men in green, a feat not matched until Saturday evening.
Mike Ross showed his immense worth to Ireland once again with a fiercely committed 80-minute performance, as his efforts in the scrum and elsewhere helped Joe Schmidt's men prevail 26-23 over Australia.
Ireland prop Mike Ross is set for his third game in as many weeks against Australia tomorrow. Having not played for 30 days before running out against South Africa, Ross insisted that it is rare that a player will get to play a game being 100% fit.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Australia, Ireland flanker Rhys Ruddock said: "We need to bring the defensive physicality we had against South Africa, as Australia have threats all over the park. We need to be at the top of our game."