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Rory Best
Ireland
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Full name Rory David Best
Born August 15, 1982, Craigavon, Northern Ireland
Current age 32 years 5 days
Major teams British and Irish Lions, Ireland A, Munster, Ulster, Ireland
Position Hooker
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 242 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2005-2014 77 57 20 40 8 0 0 0 42 33 2 55.84
Five/Six Nations 2006-2014 41 32 9 15 3 0 0 0 25 14 2 63.41
IRB Rugby World Cup 2007-2011 7 6 1 10 2 0 0 0 5 2 0 71.42

Career statistics
Test debut Ireland v New Zealand at Lansdowne Road, Nov 12, 2005 match details
Last Test Argentina v Ireland at Tucuman, Jun 14, 2014 match details
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Profile

Ulster and Ireland hooker Rory Best followed his elder brother Simon into rugby, playing alongside him for both province and country.

Best was part of the Ireland squad for the Under-21 World Cup in 2003, before making his bow for Ulster in the 2004-05 season. It was during his second season with the province that Best put his hand up for international honours, with five tries during Ulster's Heineken Cup campaign granting him an Ireland debut against New Zealand in the 2005 autumn internationals.

Best was promoted to skipper Ulster during the 2007-08 season, and was selected for Ireland's 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. He played three matches during the tournament as Ireland crashed out at the group stages.

Best's international career was partly spent scrapping with Jerry Flannery of Munster for the Ireland jersey, a trend that continued through to the 2008 autumn internationals as Best started against New Zealand, and Flannery against Argentina.

In 2009 Best played second fiddle to Flannery as Ireland won a Grand Slam, starting one Test against Scotland and appearing from the bench in the others. After captaining two Tests against Canada and the USA in 2009, during the Lions tour, Best was ruled out following neck surgery.

He made a surprise return to training with Ulster in early 2010 and was subsequently included in the extended Ireland squad for the Six Nations. He made a second Rugby World Cup in 2011 - this time as first-choice - and stepped up to captain his country again in the following Six Nations due to an injury to Paul O'Connell.

Best continued to hold down the Ireland No.2 shirt through 2012 and the beginning of 2013 as he laid down a strong case to be selected for the Lions' tour to Australia.

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Jan 31, 2014
Ireland's Rory Best and Andrew Trimble in training
Ireland's Rory Best and Andrew Trimble in training
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Jun 18, 2013
Dejected Lions captain Rory Best leads his side from the field
Dejected Lions captain Rory Best leads his side from the field
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Jun 15, 2013
Lions Toby Faletau, Conor Murray, Rory Best, Justin Tipuric and Alex Cuthbert take surfing lesson
Lions Toby Faletau, Conor Murray, Rory Best, Justin Tipuric and Alex Cuthbert take surfing lesson
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May 25, 2013
Rory Best reflects on Ulster's loss
Rory Best reflects on Ulster's loss
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