A first ever win over the Springboks in South Africa, four new caps, and all 32 players getting game-time. From Cape Town to Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, it was a tour to remember for Joe Schmidt's men, despite a frustrating finish and a 2-1 series loss.
The Ireland Under-20 squad can look back on their campaign in Manchester with huge pride, having achieved a best ever finish of second at a World Rugby U-20 Championship and become the first Irish national men's team to beat a New Zealand side. Number 8 Max Deegan was also crowned the Player of the Tournament and four forwards - Andrew Porter, Adam McBurney, James Ryan and Deegan - were picked for the Championship's Dream Team.
The Ireland Women went from the disappointment of missing out on Olympic qualification to the joy of securing their World Series status for next season, as the World Rugby Olympic Sevens Repechage came to a thrilling close at UCD.