Ireland head coach Andy Farrell admitted that he was pleased with his side's performance in the recently concluded Six Nations tournament.
Ireland's only defeat in the tournament came against France, who went on to clinch the Grand Slam for the first time since 2010 with the margin of loss came down to six points.
Nevertheless, Farrell's men went on to beat England, Wales and Scotland apart from a win over Italy to claim the Triple Crown and the 46-year-old said the performances will keep them in good stead ahead of the New Zealand tour in July.
“We have shown that we can play some really good rugby and scored quite a few tries, but we have also shown in the last few weeks that we have got some grit and some nerve to stay calm and take the game right to the death and get the bonus-point win.
“Disappointed not to be in with a chance of winning a Grand Slam, but we dusted ourselves off after the disappointment in Paris and got back on the horse and that’s all you can ask for.
“Three bonus-point wins on the trot is some achievement.”