Ulster put their Best forward

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 06:02
Large rorybestulster

Ireland hooker Rory Best has signed a new two-year contract with Ulster, the Irish club announced on Tuesday.

Ireland hooker Rory Best has signed a new two-year contract with Ulster, the Irish club announced on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old has made 143 appearances for Ulster, scoring 12 tries, and has been capped 70 times by Ireland since making his debut in 2005 and was a member of the squad that won the 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam.

He was also called into the British and Irish Lions squad for their successful tour of Australia earlier this year after England's Dylan Hartley was ruled out by suspension.

"I am pleased to have signed for a further two years. It is a massive honour to play for Ireland and Ulster," he said.

"The support that I received when I missed out on the initial Lions squad was a massive factor in me making the decision to stay. That made me feel very special and underlined to me that Ulster is more than a team; it is a community and a rugby family.

"I want to keep playing for Ireland for as long as I can and to try and win a few more things in the green jersey."

Best follows in the footsteps of Ireland team-mates Donnacha Ryan and Conor Murray, both of whom recently rejected lucrative moves to the French Top 14 in order to extend their contracts with Munster.

Ulster rugby director David Humphreys said: "Rory Best is the cornerstone of the Ulster team and leads by example.

"He will be a key player in our team as we continue to build and improve in the coming years and I am delighted that he has signed this new contract."

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 07 February 2016
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 13h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 15h00 Dublin
Mon, 08 February 2016
UP-Tuks v NWU-Pukke 14h45 Pretoria
UJ v NMMU-Madibaz 16h30 Johannesburg
Wits v TUT 16h30 Johannesburg
UWC v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
Maties v CUT-Ixias 16h30 Stellenbosch
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 17h00 Cape Town
Fri, 12 February 2016
Treviso v Cardiff Blues 22h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Zebre 22h00 RDS Arena
Sat, 13 February 2016
France v Ireland 14h25 Paris
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Worcester Warriors v Bath 15h00 Sixways
Saracens v Wasps 15h00 Allianz Park
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Northampton Saints v London Irish 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Wales v Scotland 16h50 Cardiff
PRO12
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Ulster 13 8 0 5 41
Scarlets 13 9 0 4 40
Connacht 13 8 0 5 40
Leinster 12 9 0 3 39
Edinburgh 13 8 0 5 37
Munster 12 8 0 4 36
Ospreys 13 6 1 6 30
Glasgow Warriors 11 5 1 5 29
Cardiff Blues 12 5 0 7 27
Dragons 13 4 0 9 21
Zebre 12 4 0 8 18
Treviso 12 0 0 12 7