Fresh from captaining Ireland to a Grand Slam title, finishing off with a win over England in Twickenham, captain Rory Best has prolonged his time in the green jersey by signing a new contract today.
The Ulster hooker has been instrumental in Ireland’s success under Joe Schmidt, and has led the team to some famous victories in recent years.
Today Irish Rugby have announced that he has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Breaking News: @RoryBest2 signs IRFU contract extension to the end of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) March 20, 2018
Currently ranked second in the world, the challenge for Ireland is now to start focusing on the flagship tournament in 18 months’ time. Although having never reached a semi-final, Ireland are right in amongst the frontrunners to claim the Webb Ellis Trophy.
Best, currently 35, will be 37 for the World Cup. However, he has shown no signs of slowing down in recent years, and ought to be perfectly up to the task of skippering the country at the World Cup.
Ireland fans will be hoping that there are some more great moments of Rory Best in an Ireland shirt in the coming years, and that the good times keep on rolling for Irish Rugby.