With the 2019 Six Nations Championships only a few days away, excitement is beginning to build nationwide as Ireland gear up to defend the Grand Slam title they won in 2018.
For Rory Best, this Six Nations will be his last, as the Ireland captain plans to bow out of International rugby come the end of this year’s World Cup.
It’s fair to say Rory Best’s accomplishments as captain of Ireland outweighs all of those who have gone before him, and that the legacy left behind by the Ulster skipper won’t be fully appreciated until he is gone.
Described by Joe Schmidt as a ‘quiet, no-nonsense achiever’, the hooker has already cemented his legacy as Ireland’s most successful captain. Two test victory’s over New Zealand, series wins in both South Africa & Australia, as well as a Grand Slam title (to add to the win in 2009) has seen Ireland catapult up the world rankings under Best’s leadership.
Despite his unprecedented success, not much else is known about the Irish captain, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that he has spent his entire career in Belfast, far and away from the bubble of Dublin, Cork or Limerick.
However, ahead of this weekend’s crunch game against the old enemy England. Best has decided to let BBC NI document his life within rugby and also outside it. The documentary, narrated by Stephen Watson, will include exclusive interviews from Ireland coach, Joe Schmidt.
Good news for fans is that Rory Best – A Life in Rugby, will air on BBC One NI tonight at 10.40pm, and you can watch the trailer below in order to get yourself in the mood.
— BBC Northern Ireland (@BBCnireland) January 30, 2019