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Rory Best is one of the great players: according to Wales’ Ken Owens

Wales hooker Ken Owens has described Ireland captain Rory Best as “a great player” ahead of Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash in Dublin.

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Banbridge's ''James Hume

ALL IRELAND RUGBY: Banbridge claim bragging rights with Ballynahinch and throw title race wide open

Billed by the host club as the ‘biggest local derby in Ireland this week’, this battle between the two leading clubs in Ulster lived up to expectations.

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WATCH: Ireland captain Rory Best's reaction to Italy claim that the Irish are superior to England

Italian captain Sergio Parisse said he felt Ireland played better rugby than England after losing to both sides in the opening rounds of this year's NatWest 6 Nations Championship.

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Ireland captain Rory Best at Wednesday's Nat West 6 Nations Launch in London with the other Union captains

RUGBY: Rory Best expected to extend contract until end of 2019 World Cup

Rory Best expects to finalise a new contract with Ulster and Ireland “in the very near future”.

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Dromore's Aaron Lyttle in action with Dalriada's M Kennedy

SCHOOLS’ RUGBY: Dalriada beat Dromore High in Schools’ Cup third round

Dromore High School sufferred a 27-11 home loss to Dalriada School in the second round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup.

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WATCH: Rory Best happy to end a remarkable haunting statistic

It was incredible to think that the captain of Ireland and Ulster, Rory Best, had not played in a winning Ulster side for 386 days!

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Ulster's Rory Best

Ulster’s Rory Best back for crunch Leinster showdown

Ireland captain Rory Best will return for Ulster’s vital Pro14 game against Leinster at the RDS on Saturday.

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Ireland and Ulster captain Rory Best

Freedom of the Borough for rugby's Rory Best

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council unanimously agreed to bestow the Freedom of the Borough to Mr Rory Best OBE in recognition of his outstanding sporting achievements.

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Banbridge's Ian Porter. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

RUGBY: Banbridge claim defeat of Dolphin in Cork

A wet, wintry Irish Independent Park was the setting for Banbridge’s tenth Ulster Bank League game of the season.

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Daniel Soper. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

RUGBY: Cork success celebrates Banbridge squad strength

Banbridge coach Daniel Soper had praise for his squad’s strength-in-depth following a weekend win over Dolphin.

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Ulster captain Rory Best

RUGBY: Ulster rocked by Rory Best injury blow ahead of European Cup tie

Ulster were dealt another injury blow with talismanic captain Rory Best ruled out of Sunday’s crucial European Champions Cup pool one match against Harelquins.

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The Ulster Women's squad

RUGBY: Ulster to face champions Leinster in Inter-Pro opener

The Ulster Women’s Team, sponsored by Deloitte, begin their Interprovincial Series campaign at home to Leinster this Sunday 3rd December (kick-off 2pm at Dromore RFC).

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Skipper Rory Best training with the Ireland squad this week

Schmidt keeps faith in Best for captaincy

Rory Best will captain Ireland for this season then head coach Joe Schmidt will reassess his World Cup 2019 plans next summer.

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Ulster's Rory Best

RUGBY: Rory Best to win 200th Ulster cap

Rory Best will become the fourth Ulster player to reach the 200 caps milestone when he plays against Leinster on Saturday in the Guinness PRO14 at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.

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Ulster and Ireland winger Jacob Stockdale

RUGBY: Impressive Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale included in Ireland squad

In-form Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale has the chance to add to his two Ireland caps during the summer by being included in the Irish panel for next month's Guinness Test series.
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WATCH: An upbeat Rory Best on his return to playing with Ulster and what lies ahead

International hooker Rory Best made a timely return to playing last Sunday following a hamstring injury.

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Rory Best

Best believes IRFU policy is correct

Irish captain Rory Best believes the Irish Rugby Football Union’s current policy of not selecting players who opt to play overseas is right because it protects those in the National squad.

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Rory Best

RUGBY: Rory Best boost for Ulster and Ireland

International hooker Rory Best could make a return to playing on Sunday with Ulster in the European Champions Cup pool game against La Rochelle.
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Ulster's Rory Best

RUGBY: Ulster captain Rory Best targets European return

Ulster captain, Rory Best, is aiming to be back in action for the second round European Champions Cup match away to La Rochelle in three weeks time,.

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RUGBY: Saturday’s All Ireland League results

RUGBY: Saturday’s All Ireland League results

All Ireland League Results - Saturday, September 23

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