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#Rory Best

# rory-best - Sunday 30 November, 2014

From wonder-catches to gravity-defying jumps, it’s the week’s best sports photography

From Odell’s magic to the high-intensity of the Superclasico, there were some terrific images this week.

# rory-best - Friday 28 November, 2014

Best laments officiating after Ulster fall just short

The Ireland international also defended Ian Humphreys, after he missed a kick late on.

# rory-best - Saturday 22 November, 2014

Best proud of Ireland’s mental strength to avoid All Blacks defeat repeat

After three wins in November, the Ireland hooker recalled a similar situation back in 2006.

# rory-best - Tuesday 18 November, 2014

# rory-best - Wednesday 5 November, 2014

Ireland and Schmidt dealt blow as Rory Best is ruled out of Boks clash

The 32-year-old hooker has succumbed to the calf injury that has hindered his training all week.

# rory-best - Tuesday 4 November, 2014

Ireland still uncertain over Rory Best as Springboks rule out Pienaar

The Ulster hooker has been struggling with a calf problem, while his provincial teammate is out of Saturday’s Test.

# rory-best - Thursday 30 October, 2014

Analysis: Breakdown battle can be won with supporting turnover ‘assists’

We take a look at three examples of how the second defensive player can make the difference post-tackle.

# rory-best - Saturday 25 October, 2014

‘We couldn’t get the ball we wanted’: Best laments key turnovers that cost Ulster

Head coach Neil Doak refused to accept that the quarter-finals are now beyond reach.

# rory-best - Friday 24 October, 2014

Two changes as Ulster look to take out European kings Toulon

Roger Wilson and Stuart Olding will both start at Kingspan Stadium tomorrow.

5 reasons to believe Ulster will beat Toulon

Neil Doak’s side have to defeat the back-to-back champions to keep hope of qualification alive.

# rory-best - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

‘They almost know they’re going to win’ – Toulon’s experience a threat to Ulster

Mourad Boudjellal’s money has bought some of the best mindsets in the world of rugby.

# rory-best - Friday 1 August, 2014

We’ll leave it there so: Sweet success in Paris, more glory in Glasgow and all today’s sport

Thrills, spills and strikes made up an absorbing helter-skelter sports day.

Rory Best named new Ulster captain

The 30-year-old hooker says he is honoured to take over from the retired Johann Muller.

# rory-best - Wednesday 21 May, 2014

Paul O’Connell swung by Stormont with the Six Nations trophy today

The Ireland captain was joined by Joe Schmidt and his teammates for the visit to Northern Ireland’s parliament buildings.

# rory-best - Friday 2 May, 2014

‘Win or we’re out of the competition’ – Niall Annett on Ulster’s precarious Pro12 position

The former Ireland U20 captain believes players like Rory Best and Sean Cronin have evolved the role of hooker in recent years.

# rory-best - Saturday 5 April, 2014

As it happened: Ulster v Saracens, Heineken Cup quarter-final

We’re going minute-by-minute from the new Grandstand in Ravenhill as Ulster try to take their place in the semi-finals.

# rory-best - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Rory Best: Ulster must stay cool and selfish to see off Saracens

The hooker is counting the minutes to Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final at Ravenhill.

# rory-best - Sunday 23 March, 2014

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Are the French trying to poach BOD out of retirement? It’s the sporting tweets of the week

As you’d expect it’s rugby heavy but there’s also room for Mick Wallace’s new motor.

# rory-best - Sunday 23 February, 2014

Positive sheen of England slugfest wears off fast for ‘gutted’ Schmidt

Ireland’s head coach was an odd combination of annoyed and enthused after a mixed bag of a day in London.

# rory-best - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Six things we learned from this weekend’s Six Nations action

We pick the bones out of a weekend that ended in disappointment for Ireland.

# rory-best - Tuesday 18 February, 2014

England setting Twickenham traps as Ireland’s rolling maul packs a passport

Hookers Rory Best and Dylan Hartley hold the line-out keys for setting some devastating set-pieces in motion.

# rory-best - Monday 17 February, 2014

‘To put it mildly, we got beaten up at Twickenham last time’ – Rory Best

The Ulster hooker believes the game’s destiny lies with the 16 men going scrum to scrum on Saturday.

# rory-best - Sunday 9 February, 2014

Ireland’s Best is good enough to exert ‘physical dominance’ over Wales

The Ulster hooker explains how Joe Schmidt’s training methods are making the national team more adaptable.

# rory-best - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Rory Best: ‘The tackle that broke my arm didn’t feel bad until I heard a snap’

The Ulster hooker has rediscovered his form and throwing touch but an old Scottish foe lies in wait.

# rory-best - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Solid Wolfhounds display could throw Herring into Six Nations mix

The Ulster hooker could yet for his way into Joe Schmidt’s plans for the upcoming tournament.

# rory-best - Sunday 19 January, 2014

5 talking points from Ulster’s 100% perfect Tigers triumph

Chris Henry is a tackling beast, Ruan Pienaar proves his class and Rory Best has some boot on him.

# rory-best - Saturday 18 January, 2014

Ravenhill here they come as Pienaar inspires Ulster to Tigers triumph

Mark Anscombe’s men finish the pool stages as Europe’s top team. The hard work starts now.

# rory-best - Friday 17 January, 2014

Ulster make two changes for Leicester showdown

Mark Anscombe’s side out to tame the Tigers in Welford Road tomorrow evening.

150-cap Rory Best focused only on the elusive home quarter-final

The Ulster hooker says his side are up against a ‘ruthless’ Leicester team tomorrow.

# rory-best - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Best and Muller return to face Montpellier

Mark Anscombe has picked the fit-again pair for tomorrow night’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 game.

# rory-best - Thursday 19 December, 2013

7 of Armagh’s best sporting moments in 2013

Eight-goal routs, prodigal sons, and success in Scotland were among the standout moments for the Orchard County this year.

# rory-best - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

Best commits to new two-year contract with Ulster

The Ireland and Lions hooker has signed up to play at Ravenhill until 2016.

# rory-best - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Gordon D’Arcy’s beard and Zlatan’s proud mum: It’s the week in comments

‘Good luck against the All Blacks young lad’

# rory-best - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

Here’s what Rory Best’s arm looks like following surgery

Painful, we’re going to say painful.

Rory Best could return for Six Nations after surgery

The Ireland hooker is expected back in January, but the news is not as promising for Iain Henderson.

# rory-best - Monday 25 November, 2013

Rory Best threw himself into a ruck 30 seconds AFTER fracturing his arm

The hooker was forced off the pitch yesterday after scoring Ireland’s wonderful second try.

# rory-best - Saturday 16 November, 2013

Rory Best hitting his marks again after cruel summer Down Under

Rory Best hitting his marks again after cruel summer Down Under

The Ulster hooker was one of Ireland’s top three performers against Samoa last weekend.

# rory-best - Friday 15 November, 2013

Ireland v Australia: 3 key battles to make November a success for Schmidt

Youth, experience and returning number 10s. This game better start soon.

# rory-best - Sunday 10 November, 2013

Heaslip lauds the breakdown efforts of O’Mahony and Best

The acting Ireland captain was a happy man after the forward pack generate two tries.

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