# Rory Best

Last year
# Courts
Rugby star Rory Best apologises and agrees to pay damages for rape trial remarks
Best was listed as a potential character witness for Paddy Jackson in 2018 but was not called to give evidence.
All time
# best foot forward
Rory Best appointed to Fiji coaching staff for November tour
The former Ireland and Ulster hooker will serve as forwards coach under Gareth Baber.
# Horses for Courses
Best defends Schmidt's 'pressurised' Ireland environment following Tuohy criticism
Former Ulster and Ireland lock Tuohy told the Telf Rugby podcast last month that players often felt ‘belittled and scared’ under Schmidt’s watch.
# locks
'If you’re picking on form, it’s Itoje and Henderson' - Rory Best
The ex-Ireland captain also believes Johnny Sexton should have been called up.
# On the ladder
Rory Best using new Seattle role to test his appetite for a life in coaching
The former Ireland and Ulster hooker has joined the MLR side until the end of the 2021 season.
# experience
Former Ireland captain Rory Best takes on 'mentoring role' with Ulster
The 38-year-old was with the Ulster A coaching team for Friday night’s win over Leinster.
'I had turned 37 nine days before the Twickenham defeat, and suddenly I felt old'
In this extract from his autobiography, former Ireland captain Rory Best looks back on a humbling defeat to England.
# Opportunity
Rory Best says virus can lead to global rugby alignment
The former Ireland captain is convinced that switching the seasons would boost northern hemisphere nations’ chances of winning the World Cup.
# Looking Back
'That's the great thing about this Irish team, it's about an island performing'
As he reflects on his career, Rory Best takes pride from squeezing every drop out of the potential he had.
# Leader
'In terms of the captaincy, it seems we're not so quick to see how good Johnny has become'
Former Ireland captain Rory Best is confident his successor, Johnny Sexton, will bounce back.
# Regret
'At a time Joe needed support, I felt I'd done the opposite. It was never my intention'
Rory Best has expressed his regret about comments he made in the wake of Ireland’s World Cup exit.
# Silent Leader
'If he gets selected as Ireland captain, he’ll do a great job' - Van Graan backs O'Mahony
The 30-year-old Munster skipper is among the candidates to succeed Rory Best.
# Moving On
'In 12 months' time kids will walk straight past you, and their Dad will be saying 'Do you know who that is there?''
Rory Best on learning to be himself as Ireland captain, legacy, and talking Brexit with Joe Schmidt.
# Ireland
'There's a real emphasis on if somebody speaks with a non-Irish accent, they must be better at rugby than us'
The former Ulster and Ireland captain believes the enjoyment has been taken out of rugby.
# joker
Best hopes 'hilarious' Farrell doesn't lose element of fun as he steps into Schmidt's shoes
The former Ireland captain has explained how the incoming head coach likes to bring some comedy to his video review sessions.
# Hanging up the boots
Best bows out as Pivac begins Wales reign with thrilling defeat of Barbarians
The former Ireland captain received a standing ovation at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
# Skipper
Best to captain Barbarians in final game at Twickenham before retiring from rugby
The former Ulster and Ireland captain will lead the side when they take to the field against Fiji.
# One More Spin
Best to line out at Twickenham for one final match before hanging up the boots
The former Ulster and Ireland captain will play for the Barbarians next month.
# Rugby Weekly
Schmidt found Ireland's performance hard to explain as his team fell at a familiar hurdle
Joe Schmidt admitted after the game that it was hard to find a reason for Ireland not performing against New Zealand, and Rory Best spoke about the pressure associated with a World Cup quarter-final.
# best man
Rory Best can bow out of rugby as one of Ireland's great captains
The hooker steps away after a quarter-final disappointment, but in his 124 caps he created so many reasons for Irish fans to hope and aim for better.
# Bowing out
'We felt we prepared well, we felt we had a game-plan'
Rory Best felt Ireland had prepared well for their quarter-final clash with New Zealand, despite conceding seven tries in Tokyo.
# healthy
Schmidt happy Ireland head into QF 'unscathed' after 2015 toll against France
Bundee Aki’s red card was a blow but Schmidt feels Ireland have good cover in the midfield.
# Perfect start
Watch: Three early tries hand Ireland perfect start against Samoa
Converted tries from Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong and Johnny Sexton put Ireland into a 21-0 lead against Samoa.
# A Rugby Life
'You realise you’re fit, healthy and have a career to look back on'
A health scare during the 2007 World Cup ended Simon Best’s career, but he is grateful for the chances he got in rugby.
# Positive
'I see absolutely no similarities to 2007' - Best keeping the faith in Ireland
The Ireland skipper says it’s important not to let negativity seep into the squad in Japan.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
A pack of problems: Are Ireland's forwards failing to match the intensity of the backs?
Today’s podcast suggests that the back are actually performing pretty well in Japan but are being let down by the pack.
# Concern
'You don't like to see anyone going home' - Ireland hopeful on Jordi Murphy
The Ulster back row was forced off with a rib injury after just 26 minutes against Russia.
# honesty
'We would have expected to be in a better place after three games' - Rory Best
The Ireland captain wants to see his side focusing on the basics that have brought them success before.
'Unfortunately we couldn't come up with the right answers'
Ireland captain Rory Best admitted that the best team won as Japan shocked Ireland in Shizuoka.
# Ruck Stats
Analysis: Van der Flier and tireless captain Best top Ireland's ruck charts
Joe Schmidt’s men were largely efficient with their clearouts and turned over lots of Scottish possession.
# oh Captain my captain
'Those critics are always going to come' - Stander hails captain Best
The Ireland hooker inspired his side to victory against Scotland.
# Konnichiwa
Big in Japan: Ireland get warm welcome as Sexton hones in on Scotland
Joe Schmidt’s men were officially welcomed to the Rugby World Cup today.
# Leadership
Confidence, cool heads and delegation key as Best leads Ireland in Japan
The Ireland skipper will be sure to rely on his vice-captains to push the team to their limit.
# End of an era
'It's nice for my mum and dad and my young family to be here and hear that'
An emotional Rory Best was given a rousing reception as he played his final game at the Aviva Stadium.
# On your marks!
Player ratings as Ireland steady themselves to beat Wales in RWC warm-up
Tries from Rob Kearney, James Ryan and Tadhg Furlong helped Ireland win again on the road to the World Cup
Ireland head to Japan on top of the world after convincing win over Wales
Joe Schmidt and Rory Best signed off at the Aviva Stadium with an encouraging victory.
# best man
'The entire row flipped and broke, but no one gave a shit because Gordon Hamilton scored'
The captain’s Lansdowne Road memories go back far beyond his full debut in 2006.
# proper test match
Farrell keen to see Ireland harness emotion of Schmidt and Best send-offs
Both Joe Schmidt and Rory Best will lead Ireland for the last time in Dublin tomorrow, and Farrell is keen for a high-tempo farewell party.
# final farewell
'One woman was in tears saying it was the last time I would walk off the pitch'
Rory Best will lead Ireland out for the final time on home soil this Saturday.
# balanced
Schmidt's squad 'utterly committed' to getting beyond World Cup quarter-finals
The Ireland head coach is pleased with the balance and profile of his final 31-man squad.