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#Rory Best

# rory-best - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

'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.

# rory-best - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

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.

# rory-best - Thursday 5 March, 2020

'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.

# 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'

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'

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

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?''

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'

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

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

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

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

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 This post contains videos

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.

# rory-best - Sunday 20 October, 2019

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.

# rory-best - Saturday 19 October, 2019

'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.

# rory-best - Saturday 12 October, 2019

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.

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.

# rory-best - Sunday 6 October, 2019

'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.

# rory-best - Saturday 5 October, 2019

'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.

# 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 This post contains videos

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.

'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.

'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.

# 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'

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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.

'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.

# rory-best - Friday 6 September, 2019

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.

# rory-best - Thursday 5 September, 2019

'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.

# rory-best - Wednesday 4 September, 2019

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.

# rory-best - Saturday 31 August, 2019

Player ratings as Ryan roars back to help Ireland beat Wales

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

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

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

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

'We can’t keep thinking, ‘We need to be like 2018.' We need to be better'

Ireland captain Rory Best believes his team can overcome this year’s Six Nations disappointment.

# rory-best - Monday 12 August, 2019

Schmidt ready to make harsh calls after assessing who was 'chasing their tail'

Ireland head for training camp in Portugal this week, but all eyes remain on the exit door as 43 men try to squeeze into 31 spaces.

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