Published Friday, 01 August 2014
The Banbridge man has been confirmed as Ulster rugby captain for the upcoming 2014/15 season, taking over from Johnn Muller, who retired at the end of last season.
"It is a huge honour to captain your Province," he told ulsterrugby.com.
"I enjoyed doing it a few years ago but in 2011, I felt I just needed to step down and to concentrate on my game.
"We also had a ready-made captain in the squad in Johann which made it easier and he did a fantastic job.
"It is nice to have been asked to do it again. With the extra experience that I have gained at provincial and international level in recent years I believe that I am more equipped than ever before to lead this group of players.
"Being the captain of Ulster is something that I absolutely love doing and I am looking forward to the challenge of the new season."
Best, 31, has played 152 games for Ulster since 2004 and previously took over the captain's role from his brother Simon in 2007.
Rory has captained Ireland four times and was given the armband for the British and Irish Lions' game against Brumbies last year.
Simon Best, also a former Ireland captain, led Ulster to the Magner's League title in the 2005/06 season.
Ulster will get their season underway with a home friendly against Exeter Chiefs on Friday 22 August (kick-off 7.30pm).
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