Irish captain Rory Best has signed a new IRFU deal 4 years ago

Irish captain Rory Best has signed a new IRFU deal

The Armagh-native has put pen to paper on a new IRFU contract extension.

Rory Best has signed a new IRFU contract, confirming that the Irish captain will continue to play for club and country until the end of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

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Best, in his time as captain, has championed Ireland to a first win over the Springboks in South Africa, a first win against New Zealand and to the Grand Slam on Saturday.

Best mentioned his delight at extending his current contract, stating support from those closest to him as the thing that keeps him going.

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“I am in a very privileged position as captain of Ireland and Ulster to be involved with two groups of incredibly talented players," Best said.

"I feel I can continue to make a contribution to both Ireland and Ulster Rugby and am delighted to have extended my IRFU contract to the next World Cup.

"Support of family, friends and supporters is a hugely important element for any professional sportsperson and I would like to thank everyone for their support but specifically my wife Jodie who has been incredible and has ensured that as a family we have been able to share in all the great memories of the last few years.”

Best, aged 35 years, is Ireland's third most capped player, boasting 111 appearances for his country.

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He made his international debut against New Zealand back in 2005 and has since scored nine international tries, as well as touring with the British & Irish Lions in 2013 and 2017.

It was just himself and Rob Kearney from the current team who partook in taking home the Grand Slams in 2009 and 2018. However, he did mention on Saturday, while surrounded by his children, that this year's win brought him a bit more joy than the last.

“For me personally, it’s a little bit more special [than 2009],” the hooker said.