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Rory Best

DOB 15/08/1982
Birthplace Craigavon, N Ireland
Height 1.80M / 5'11"
Weight 106 KG / 16 ST 9 LB
Club Ulster Rugby

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Since taking over the captaincy of Ireland, Rory Best has overseen an historic run of results for his country, culminating in a second British & Irish Lions Tour for the hooker.

The Ulster No.2 was called up by the Lions as a replacement for Dylan Hartley four years ago as the tourists travelled to Australia, and he is selected for the original squad for this tour.

Now 34, Best has been an Ireland international since 2005, winning his 100th cap for his country in 2016.

Best’s older brother Simon also played internationally, with Rory following in his footsteps for both Ulster and then Ireland.

Best was part of the Newcastle Falcons academy while studying at Newcastle University but returned to Ulster where he made his debut in 2005.

His international debut came later that year in the November Tests and a game against the All Blacks at Lansdowne Road.

Best was part of the Ireland team that won the Triple Crown in 2007, and then the first Grand Slam in 61 years in 2009, playing 51 straight games in the RBS 6 Nations until illness kept him out of the trip to Rome earlier this year.

Called up to the Lions squad in 2013, Best didn’t feature in the Tests, but captained the team in a midweek game against the Brumbies in Canberra.

He was then part of the Irish team that won back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles in 2014 and 2015, taking over the captaincy the following season.

He led Ireland to their first Test victory on South African soil and then captained Ireland to a first-ever win over New Zealand in Chicago in November 2016, he won his 100th cap in a win over Australia.

He led Ireland once again in the 2017 RBS 6 Nations, although he missed the win over Italy in Rome with a stomach bug.

Best came back however and led Ireland to victory over England in Dublin to secure his spot on the plane to New Zealand.

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