Ireland interim coach Les Kiss paid tribute to Fergus McFadden following his hat-trick in the tourists' 40-14 win over Canada.
The Leinster winger played a part in Andrew Trimble's opening try then crossed for three of his own to cap a difficult season which has seen him in and out of the international set-up.
Kiss will hand over the reins to Joe Schmidt on conclusion of the tour and with the incoming coach watching from the stands, Australian Kiss believes McFadden had gone a long way to cementing his place in the side.
Kiss said: "Fergus is just one of those players you want to have around your team. He is such a great character. What he brings to a team in terms of energy and enthusiasm is sensational.
"If he doesn't get selected he is still the same person. He has an uncanny ability to score tries at international level.
"Last week he shipped an injury in the game and he toughed his way through it. He trained through a bit of injury this week and got a knock in the game again but just keeps powering on. I can't speak highly enough about him and the way he played."
Kiss also reflected with pride on a tour that has seen Ireland blood six new caps, including try scorer Tommy O'Donnell.
"Without a doubt we found out a little about ourselves as players," he said. "From a coaching perspective it was certainly encouraging on a lot of fronts.
"(There were) six new caps and guys have learnt a lot about themselves. I think it has been a really good tour in that respect."
"Sometimes the perception is you can come and get these tier two nations and run it away easily but they were both tough affairs.
"Tonight I think it was the 54th minute it was 14-12. We had to find something, keep our composure and again fantastic leadership through Peter (O'Mahony)."