Former Irish international Tommy Bowe has paid tribute to captain Rory Best ahead of the Ulster hooker’s final Six Nations game against Wales on Saturday.
The 36-year old scored a try in Ireland’s victory over France in Dublin on Sunday, to help Schmidt’s side to a bonus point victory and giving them a slim chance of winning the Championship.
Best’s next test will be captaining Ireland against Wales as they look to spoil the home side’s Grand Slam party, in what would be their first victory over their hosts in the Six Nations in Cardiff since Joe Schmidt took over.
The game bears a stark resemblance to Ireland’s Grand Slam decider in Cardiff a decade ago, in which Declan Kidney’s side defeated Wales thanks to a late Ronan O’Gara drop goal.
This weekend however the roles are reversed.
Speaking recently about that infamous game in Cardiff in 2009, O’Gara outlined that he almost wasn’t the man to deliver the crucial kick and that Best had initially lined up the drop at goal.
“He’d fancy his left peg and stuff. Because I’d be close to Rory, I’d know him well. He’s a good guy, a really good guy. He obviously could have caught the ball and I think he tucked it.
“His story for the after-dinner circuit is ‘I’d have slotted it as well’, you know.”
Although the anecdote is an incredible one, Best’s former Ulster and Ireland teammate Tommy Bowe doesn’t find the idea of the hooker taking a kick at goal to be too unbelievable given his history at schoolboy level.
“I’d say Rory would have back himself as well, he has a decent left foot on him!
“I actually remember going to see Rory play at schoolboy level and he used to kick all the conversions and penalties for Portadown College, playing hooker. He fancies himself. There’s no man who practices kicking more than Rory Best, that’s for sure.”
Ireland will be hoping that they can give Best a strong Six Nations send-off with a victory over Warren Gatland’s side in Cardiff.
Today, former Irish International Tommy Bowe and former Welsh International Adam Jones caught up over a pint of the black stuff ahead of this weekend’s highly anticipated final round of the 2019 GUINNESS SIX NATIONS Wales v Ireland fixture.
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