Rory Best thanks fans for a day that has been "really emotionally touching" in more ways than one

The game against Australia was a special occasion from a team and personal perspective

Rory Best, Ireland,

Ireland's captain Rory Best is congratulated by teammates after the game ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ireland rugby captain Rory Best has thanked the Irish supporters for their backing on a special day for him from both a team and personal perspective.

From the collective point of view, Ireland have victories over all three of the southern hemisphere's big rugby union sides this autumn.

Having won against world champions New Zealand and South Africa, they beat Australia 27-24 at the Aviva Stadium to complete a historic Southern Hemisphere treble.

But from a personal point of view, captain Best won his 100th international cap for Ireland.

After the game, the Ulster front-row told Sky Sports News that it was a special occasion all-round in Dublin.

Ireland's captain Rory Best is congratulated by teammates after the game ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

"The whole week, the support we've got the whole way through and for me personally, the amount of well-wishers I've had, it's been really emotionally touching for me and it's a win that we're very, very proud of," he said.

The hooker made his full Ireland debut 11 years ago this month against New Zealand and has won three Six Nations, including one Grand Slam in 2009.

By winning his 100th cap, the 34-year-old becomes just the fifth Irishman to reach that mark internationally.

He joins Brian O'Driscoll (133 caps), Ronan O'Gara (128), Paul O'Connell (108) and John Hayes (105) in making it to a century of appearances for Ireland.

After the full-time whistle, Best's Ireland team-mates made sure to give some recognition in their own light-hearted way as pictured above.

Next up for Best and Ireland internationally is the start of the Six Nations in spring 2017, starting with a trip to face Scotland on February 4th.

They then take on Italy in Rome, followed by a home game against France, an away trip to face Wales and a home match against England to round off the championship.