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I never dreamed I would get to 100 Ireland caps: Rory

By Jonathan Bradley

Jubilant Rory Best admitted his 100th cap for Ireland on Saturday had been beyond his wildest dreams - and even his father John welled up at the incredible achievement.

Ireland, battered and bruised, won a thrilling Test match 27-24 against Australia on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium as Best became the first Ulsterman to record a century of international appearances and Joe Schmidt's men finished their Autumn Series in style.

It was a proud day for the entire Best family as wife Jodie was joined by children Ben, Penny and Ri­chie in Dublin.

"First of all, I hope you got my dad being emotional on camera because it'd be the first I've seen it in some 34 years," joked Best, who led Ireland to a triple crown over the top sides in the souther hemisphere this year.

"When I got the first cap, I never dreamed I would get 100. To do it at the Aviva, it was incredibly special.

"For me personally, this week has shown why Irish rugby is such a special place to be around. The amount of support and well wishes has been really special. It shows why it's so special to be in that green jersey."

Despite being surrounded by younger team-mates, Best shows no sign of stopping any time soon.

"They're such a great bunch of guys to captain and to be around," he added. "I suppose at this stage, it's still really fun playing and training."


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