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2013 Tour Squad

Rory Best
Rory Best
DOB15th Aug 1982
BirthplaceCraigavon
Height1.81 m (5' 11")
Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb)
PositionHooker
HonoursIreland / Lions
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Rory David BEST
Ireland Caps: 67 (35-2-20)
Ireland Points: 35 (7t)
Ireland Debut: v New Zealand (rep) 2005

British & Irish Lions: First Tour
Lions Debut: v Western Force 05/06/2013
Test Record v Australia: 5 (2-0-3)

Rory Best was called up to join the British & Irish Lions tour party the day before the squad left for Hong Kong and Australia in the wake of the suspension of Dylan Hartley. He was due to captain the Irish squad on their two-Test North American tour this summer, but instead joins his Ulster Rugby team mate Tommy Bowe with the Lions.
Having graduated through the Ireland Under 21 team at the Junior World Cup in 2003, and then featured for Ireland A, Best’s 67-cap career with Ireland began against New Zealand in 2005. His first four appearances came off the bench before he posted successive victories over South Africa and Australia with his first two starts in 2006. He was first choice in Ireland’s 2007 Triple Crown campaign and shared the duties with Jerry Flannery in the 2009 Grand Slam season. He played for Ireland in the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups, starting in the Pool win over Australia two years ago, and has three wins to his credit in four outings as the Irish captain.
Raised on the family farm in Poyntzpass, County Armagh, he studied agriculture at Newcastle University, where he was a member of the Newcastle Falcons Academy. He earned his first Ulster contract in 2004 after captaining Belfast Harlequins. He helped Ulster win the Celtic League in 2005/2006 and followed elder brother Simon as club captain in 2007. The two brothers had the distinction of packing down together in the front row for both Ulster and Ireland.
He missed the whole of the 2009/10 season after undergoing neck surgery, but returned to forced his way into Ireland’s World Cup team and then helped Ulster reach the 2012 Heineken Cup final. Two days before the Lions squad left for Hong Kong he played in the Ulster side that lost to Leinster in the RaboDirect PRO12 final in Dublin.
 

 
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
05/06/2013
Western Force








11/06/2013
Combined NSW-QLD Country








18/06/2013
Brumbies








25/06/2013
Melbourne Rebels








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