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#Rory Best

# rory-best - Tuesday 27 April, 2021

Rory Best using new Seattle role to test his appetite for a life in coaching
# On The Ladder
# On The Ladder

Rory Best using new Seattle role to test his appetite for a life in coaching

Apr 27th 2021, 1:46 PM 9,959 Views 10 Comments

The former Ireland and Ulster hooker has joined the MLR side until the end of the 2021 season.

# rory-best - Monday 18 January, 2021

Former Ireland captain Rory Best takes on 'mentoring role' with Ulster
# Experience
# Experience

Former Ireland captain Rory Best takes on 'mentoring role' with Ulster

Jan 18th 2021, 8:39 AM 6,254 Views 6 Comments

The 38-year-old was with the Ulster A coaching team for Friday night’s win over Leinster.

# rory-best - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

'I had turned 37 nine days before the Twickenham defeat, and suddenly I felt old'
# EXTRACT
# EXTRACT

'I had turned 37 nine days before the Twickenham defeat, and suddenly I felt old'

Jun 2nd 2020, 7:00 AM 7,443 Views 12 Comments

In this extract from his autobiography, former Ireland captain Rory Best looks back on a humbling defeat to England.

# rory-best - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

Rory Best says virus can lead to global rugby alignment
# Opportunity
# Opportunity

Rory Best says virus can lead to global rugby alignment

Apr 21st 2020, 10:23 PM 7,385 Views 10 Comments

The former Ireland captain is convinced that switching the seasons would boost northern hemisphere nations’ chances of winning the World Cup.

# rory-best - Thursday 5 March, 2020

'That's the great thing about this Irish team, it's about an island performing'
# Looking Back
# Looking Back

'That's the great thing about this Irish team, it's about an island performing'

Mar 5th 2020, 7:17 PM 10,270 Views 21 Comments

As he reflects on his career, Rory Best takes pride from squeezing every drop out of the potential he had.

# rory-best - Wednesday 4 March, 2020

'In terms of the captaincy, it seems we're not so quick to see how good Johnny has become'
# Leader
# Leader

'In terms of the captaincy, it seems we're not so quick to see how good Johnny has become'

Mar 4th 2020, 8:53 PM 9,912 Views 26 Comments

Former Ireland captain Rory Best is confident his successor, Johnny Sexton, will bounce back.

'At a time Joe needed support, I felt I'd done the opposite. It was never my intention'
# Regret
# Regret

'At a time Joe needed support, I felt I'd done the opposite. It was never my intention'

Mar 4th 2020, 8:02 AM 34,567 Views 21 Comments

Rory Best has expressed his regret about comments he made in the wake of Ireland’s World Cup exit.

# rory-best - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

'If he gets selected as Ireland captain, he’ll do a great job' - Van Graan backs O'Mahony
# Silent Leader
# Silent Leader

'If he gets selected as Ireland captain, he’ll do a great job' - Van Graan backs O'Mahony

Dec 11th 2019, 8:00 AM 19,886 Views 99 Comments

The 30-year-old Munster skipper is among the candidates to succeed Rory Best.

# rory-best - Saturday 7 December, 2019

'In 12 months' time kids will walk straight past you, and their Dad will be saying 'Do you know who that is there?''
# Moving On
# 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?''

Updated Dec 7th 2019, 10:00 AM 37,881 Views 12 Comments

Rory Best on learning to be himself as Ireland captain, legacy, and talking Brexit with Joe Schmidt.

# rory-best - Thursday 5 December, 2019

'There's a real emphasis on if somebody speaks with a non-Irish accent, they must be better at rugby than us'
# Ireland
# Ireland

'There's a real emphasis on if somebody speaks with a non-Irish accent, they must be better at rugby than us'

Dec 5th 2019, 7:00 AM 10,193 Views 7 Comments

The former Ulster and Ireland captain believes the enjoyment has been taken out of rugby.

# rory-best - Wednesday 4 December, 2019

Best hopes 'hilarious' Farrell doesn't lose element of fun as he steps into Schmidt's shoes
# Joker
# Joker

Best hopes 'hilarious' Farrell doesn't lose element of fun as he steps into Schmidt's shoes

Dec 4th 2019, 5:00 PM 9,567 Views 3 Comments

The former Ireland captain has explained how the incoming head coach likes to bring some comedy to his video review sessions.

# rory-best - Saturday 30 November, 2019

Best bows out as Pivac begins Wales reign with thrilling defeat of Barbarians
# Hanging Up The Boots
# Hanging Up The Boots

Best bows out as Pivac begins Wales reign with thrilling defeat of Barbarians

Nov 30th 2019, 6:53 PM 18,448 Views 15 Comments

The former Ireland captain received a standing ovation at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

# rory-best - Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Best to captain Barbarians in final game at Twickenham before retiring from rugby
# Skipper
# Skipper

Best to captain Barbarians in final game at Twickenham before retiring from rugby

Nov 13th 2019, 7:17 PM 7,888 Views 5 Comments

The former Ulster and Ireland captain will lead the side when they take to the field against Fiji.

# rory-best - Tuesday 29 October, 2019

Best to line out at Twickenham for one final match before hanging up the boots
# One More Spin
# One More Spin

Best to line out at Twickenham for one final match before hanging up the boots

Oct 29th 2019, 10:33 AM 30,605 Views 8 Comments

The former Ulster and Ireland captain will play for the Barbarians next month.

# rory-best - Monday 21 October, 2019

Schmidt found Ireland's performance hard to explain as his team fell at a familiar hurdle
# Rugby Weekly
# Rugby Weekly

Schmidt found Ireland's performance hard to explain as his team fell at a familiar hurdle

Oct 21st 2019, 3:03 PM 8,980 Views 31 Comments

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.

# rory-best - Sunday 20 October, 2019

Rory Best can bow out of rugby as one of Ireland's great captains
# Best Man
# Best Man

Rory Best can bow out of rugby as one of Ireland's great captains

Oct 20th 2019, 12:30 AM 7,738 Views 10 Comments

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.

# rory-best - Saturday 19 October, 2019

'We felt we prepared well, we felt we had a game-plan'
# Bowing Out
# Bowing Out

'We felt we prepared well, we felt we had a game-plan'

Oct 19th 2019, 1:47 PM 9,134 Views 31 Comments

Rory Best felt Ireland had prepared well for their quarter-final clash with New Zealand, despite conceding seven tries in Tokyo.

# rory-best - Saturday 12 October, 2019

Schmidt happy Ireland head into QF 'unscathed' after 2015 toll against France
# Healthy
# Healthy

Schmidt happy Ireland head into QF 'unscathed' after 2015 toll against France

Oct 12th 2019, 8:00 PM 17,527 Views 21 Comments

Bundee Aki’s red card was a blow but Schmidt feels Ireland have good cover in the midfield.

Watch: Three early tries hand Ireland perfect start against Samoa
# Perfect Start
# Perfect Start

Watch: Three early tries hand Ireland perfect start against Samoa

Oct 12th 2019, 12:22 PM 5,416 Views 3 Comments

Converted tries from Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong and Johnny Sexton put Ireland into a 21-0 lead against Samoa.

# rory-best - Sunday 6 October, 2019

'You realise you’re fit, healthy and have a career to look back on'
# A Rugby Life
# A Rugby Life

'You realise you’re fit, healthy and have a career to look back on'

Oct 6th 2019, 8:00 AM 24,537 Views 2 Comments

A health scare during the 2007 World Cup ended Simon Best’s career, but he is grateful for the chances he got in rugby.

# rory-best - Saturday 5 October, 2019

'I see absolutely no similarities to 2007' - Best keeping the faith in Ireland
# Positive
# Positive

'I see absolutely no similarities to 2007' - Best keeping the faith in Ireland

Oct 5th 2019, 3:30 AM 6,612 Views 16 Comments

The Ireland skipper says it’s important not to let negativity seep into the squad in Japan.

# rory-best - Friday 4 October, 2019

A pack of problems: Are Ireland's forwards failing to match the intensity of the backs?
# The42 Rugby Weekly
# The42 Rugby Weekly

A pack of problems: Are Ireland's forwards failing to match the intensity of the backs?

Oct 4th 2019, 6:31 PM 19,275 Views 10 Comments

Today’s podcast suggests that the back are actually performing pretty well in Japan but are being let down by the pack.

'You don't like to see anyone going home' - Ireland hopeful on Jordi Murphy
# Concern
# Concern

'You don't like to see anyone going home' - Ireland hopeful on Jordi Murphy

Updated Oct 4th 2019, 7:59 AM 28,736 Views 17 Comments

The Ulster back row was forced off with a rib injury after just 26 minutes against Russia.

'We would have expected to be in a better place after three games' - Rory Best
# Honesty
# Honesty

'We would have expected to be in a better place after three games' - Rory Best

Oct 4th 2019, 5:10 AM 5,596 Views 4 Comments

The Ireland captain wants to see his side focusing on the basics that have brought them success before.

# rory-best - Saturday 28 September, 2019

'Unfortunately we couldn't come up with the right answers'

'Unfortunately we couldn't come up with the right answers'

Sep 28th 2019, 10:42 AM 7,574 Views 33 Comments

Ireland captain Rory Best admitted that the best team won as Japan shocked Ireland in Shizuoka.

# rory-best - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Analysis: Van der Flier and tireless captain Best top Ireland's ruck charts
# Ruck Stats
# Ruck Stats

Analysis: Van der Flier and tireless captain Best top Ireland's ruck charts

Sep 25th 2019, 4:07 PM 9,798 Views 12 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s men were largely efficient with their clearouts and turned over lots of Scottish possession.

# rory-best - Sunday 22 September, 2019

'Those critics are always going to come' - Stander hails captain Best
# Oh Captain My Captain
# Oh Captain My Captain

'Those critics are always going to come' - Stander hails captain Best

Sep 22nd 2019, 10:04 PM 11,240 Views 38 Comments

The Ireland hooker inspired his side to victory against Scotland.

# rory-best - Friday 13 September, 2019

Big in Japan: Ireland get warm welcome as Sexton hones in on Scotland
# Konnichiwa
# Konnichiwa

Big in Japan: Ireland get warm welcome as Sexton hones in on Scotland

Sep 13th 2019, 10:03 AM 36,088 Views 33 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s men were officially welcomed to the Rugby World Cup today.

# rory-best - Thursday 12 September, 2019

Confidence, cool heads and delegation key as Best leads Ireland in Japan
# Leadership
# Leadership

Confidence, cool heads and delegation key as Best leads Ireland in Japan

Sep 12th 2019, 6:51 AM 9,730 Views 8 Comments

The Ireland skipper will be sure to rely on his vice-captains to push the team to their limit.

# rory-best - Saturday 7 September, 2019

'It's nice for my mum and dad and my young family to be here and hear that'
# End Of An Era
# End Of An Era

'It's nice for my mum and dad and my young family to be here and hear that'

Sep 7th 2019, 5:59 PM 12,990 Views 22 Comments

An emotional Rory Best was given a rousing reception as he played his final game at the Aviva Stadium.

Player ratings as Ireland steady themselves to beat Wales in RWC warm-up
# On Your Marks!
# On Your Marks!

Player ratings as Ireland steady themselves to beat Wales in RWC warm-up

Sep 7th 2019, 4:17 PM 32,326 Views 71 Comments

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
# ENCOURAGING
# ENCOURAGING

Ireland head to Japan on top of the world after convincing win over Wales

Sep 7th 2019, 3:50 PM 61,333 Views 107 Comments

Joe Schmidt and Rory Best signed off at the Aviva Stadium with an encouraging victory.

'The entire row flipped and broke, but no one gave a shit because Gordon Hamilton scored'
# Best Man
# Best Man

'The entire row flipped and broke, but no one gave a shit because Gordon Hamilton scored'

Sep 7th 2019, 12:00 PM 35,557 Views 29 Comments

The captain’s Lansdowne Road memories go back far beyond his full debut in 2006.

# rory-best - Friday 6 September, 2019

Farrell keen to see Ireland harness emotion of Schmidt and Best send-offs
# Proper Test Match
# Proper Test Match

Farrell keen to see Ireland harness emotion of Schmidt and Best send-offs

Sep 6th 2019, 6:30 AM 7,870 Views 12 Comments

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.

# rory-best - Thursday 5 September, 2019

'One woman was in tears saying it was the last time I would walk off the pitch'
# Final Farewell
# Final Farewell

'One woman was in tears saying it was the last time I would walk off the pitch'

Sep 5th 2019, 3:34 PM 6,981 Views 3 Comments

Rory Best will lead Ireland out for the final time on home soil this Saturday.

# rory-best - Wednesday 4 September, 2019

Schmidt's squad 'utterly committed' to getting beyond World Cup quarter-finals
# Balanced
# Balanced

Schmidt's squad 'utterly committed' to getting beyond World Cup quarter-finals

Sep 4th 2019, 6:30 AM 9,983 Views 40 Comments

The Ireland head coach is pleased with the balance and profile of his final 31-man squad.

# rory-best - Saturday 31 August, 2019

Player ratings as Ryan roars back to help Ireland beat Wales
# On Your Marks!
# On Your Marks!

Player ratings as Ryan roars back to help Ireland beat Wales

Aug 31st 2019, 4:49 PM 31,528 Views 104 Comments

Tell us who stood out and who struggled to perform the day before Joe Schmidt picks his 31-man squad.

# rory-best - Friday 30 August, 2019

'There is a little bit of undue criticism': Best keen to re-establish his benchmark
# Skipper
# Skipper

'There is a little bit of undue criticism': Best keen to re-establish his benchmark

Aug 30th 2019, 11:10 AM 7,103 Views 27 Comments

The Ireland captain is on the bench for Saturday’s game in Cardiff.

# rory-best - Wednesday 28 August, 2019

Decision on Ireland's World Cup captaincy not finalised, says Schmidt
# Leader
# Leader

Decision on Ireland's World Cup captaincy not finalised, says Schmidt

Aug 28th 2019, 6:00 AM 12,347 Views 24 Comments

Rory Best remains the favourite to lead Ireland in Japan.

# rory-best - Saturday 24 August, 2019

'I think it's fixable' - Ireland's lineout crumbles under English pressure
# DAMAGING
# DAMAGING

'I think it's fixable' - Ireland's lineout crumbles under English pressure

Aug 24th 2019, 9:00 PM 18,289 Views 32 Comments

Ireland captain Rory Best had a tough day out of touch at Twickenham.

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