Rory Best is a former rugby union player best known for his history-making captaincy of the Irish national rugby team. As one of the most capped rugby players of all time, Best has an abundance of desired skills by both sports and corporate organisations in which he now discusses as an after dinner speaker.
Known for his strong ability as a scrummager, Rory’s earliest achievement came when he signed as a hooker for Ulster in 2004 and helped them to reach victory at the 2005/06 Pro12. Amongst his 218 caps for the club, he became the captain of Ulster during the 2007/08 season, a position in which he held until his retirement in 2019. With notable management and leadership skills, he captained Ulster to claim victory over Leinster in the 2012 series of the prestigious Heineken Cup.
Internationally, Rory’s potential within captaincy was also spotted by the Irish national team as he led the team from 2016 to 2019. With 124 caps and 60 points to his name, Best contributed to the winning efforts in Irelands 2007 Triple Crown and 2009 Six Nations Championships before leading the squad to win the 2014 Six Nations title and also to claim Ireland’s first-ever victory over New Zealand. He also toured with the British and Irish Lions team between 2013 and 2017 where he also managed to succeed as captain and took victory over the Chiefs in the 2017 tour to New Zealand.
As of recent times, Rory Best has captained the Irish National team to their third Grand Slam and Triple Crown as they won the 2018 Six Nations on St Patricks Day. He participated in his fourth World Cup tournament in 2019 before announcing his retirement from the game later that year.
A rugby player with four Six Nation, four Triple Crown and two Grand Slam titles to his name, it is evident that Rory Best has an undeniable skill within teamwork, leadership and performing under pressure. As the only Irish captain to have wins over Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, he was honoured OBE at the 2017 Birthday Honours for his services to rugby.
Not only does his undeniable skill and talent have audiences mesmerised, but Rory Best can also engage those he is addressing with his charisma, wit and insightful yet hilarious career anecdotes. Ideal for audiences of all varieties, Rory can be booked for a range of corporate events, functions or conferences.