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It's been incredibly special: Rory Best hails Ireland fans after playing final match at Aviva Stadium

Ireland captain Rory Best waves to the fans after winning his last home match.
Ireland captain Rory Best waves to the fans after winning his last home match.
Ireland captain Rory Best, with his sons Richie and Ben (left) after winning his last home match after the Guinness Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and captain Rory Best in conversation after winning their last home match after the Guinness Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring
Ireland captain Rory Best, with his children Ben (left), Penny and Richie after winning his last home match after the Guinness Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring
Ireland captain Rory Best leaves the pitch with his children and team-mates after winning his last home match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Ireland captain Rory Best applauds the fans after winning his last home match after the Guinness Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring
Ireland captain Rory Best waves to the fans after winning his last home match after the Guinness Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring
Ireland captain Rory Best waves to the fans after winning his last home match after the Guinness Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring
Ireland's Rory Best (left) and Jonathan Sexton during the opening ceremony ahead of the Guinness Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring
Ireland's captain Rory Best (R), having played his final game in Dublin, greets well-wishers following the warm-up rugby union Test match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's captain Rory Best (R), having played his final game in Dublin, greets well-wishers following the warm-up rugby union Test match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's captain Rory Best (C), having played his final game in Dublin, greets well-wishers following the warm-up rugby union Test match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's captain Rory Best (2L) is given an ovation after the warm-up rugby union Test match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Rory Best of Ireland is given a guard of honour on his last game at the Aviva following the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Rory Best of Ireland is embraced by his children following his last game at the Aviva during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Rory Best of Ireland is embraced by his wife following his last game at the Aviva during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Rory Best has paid tribute to Irish Rugby supporters after playing his final game in Dublin.

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The skipper, who will retire after the World Cup, won his 120th cap in the 19-10 win over Wales and received a hero's farewell as he left the pitch in the second-half.

"I told myself I wouldn't get emotional," he told the crowd who had stayed behind to salute him.

"This place has been very special to me over a many years now. The support we got today has summed up the support I've got throughout my career.

"We said all week it was about the performance of the team so I'd like to thank the boys, my family, most of them are here, some of them are at home, the supporters, everyone here today, everyone at home and everyone that's supported me. It's been incredibly special to play for this country.

Best also paid tribute to Joe Schmidt, the coach that made him captain back in 2016 and himself was enjoying a Dublin farewell ahead of walking away after the World Cup.

"He has transformed the international game here," Best added.

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"I couldn't be more grateful for what Joe Schmidt has done for me and done for this country."

Ireland go into the World Cup on top of the world rankings after the win, which will bring renewed hope going to Japan.

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