Australia back row David Pocock praised Ireland's game management as the tourists eked out a series win down under. 

Pocock, who hadn't played for the Wallabies for eighteen months prior to this series after taking a sabbatical from the game, was a thorn in Ireland's side at the breakdown throughout the three test matches but ultimately ended up on the losing side. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport's Michael Corcoran after the conclusion, Pocock said his that side weren't good enough to wrestle out a victory in the end and acknowledged that the result had capped off a superb year for Irish rugby.   

"For us, it's a very disappointing finish. But credit to Ireland," he said.  

"It was a real arm wrestle. They showed really good game management. Built the scoreboard pressure. And in the end, we weren't good enough to finish it. So, credit to them on the win tonight and also the series win. 

"Every game was physical. Both teams were looking to use the ball and build pressure. Hopefully, people who watched it enjoyed what the teams were doing.

"The support we've had here - in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney - at the games and people watching at home. Obviously, there's a lot of Irish, either living over here or who have made the trip over, and that adds to the occasion. It's incredible playing in front of these crowds and we don't take it for granted." 

The Wallaby flanker, who had to stand-in as captain once his back row colleague Michael Hooper was forced with an injury in the first half, said he was happy to be back in an Australian shirt after opting out for so long. 

"It was certainly a risk taking time away (from the game). It was something I felt that really wanted to do. And you back yourself to get back out there. And I've loved being back in the Wallabies jersey. Would have been nice to have won tonight but that's rugby. You do your best and sometimes it doesn't happen. Credit to Ireland on the win and that really caps off a big year for Irish rugby.