STATEMENT BY BANBRIDGE RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
The President and members of Banbridge Rugby Football Club were delighted to hear that our club player Rory Best had been appointed captain of the Ireland team for the 2016 Six Nations Championship.
Rory started his rugby career at Rifle Park some 27 years ago and progressed through the mini and youth sections until he went to Portadown College in 1996. Throughout his playing career with Ulster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, Rory has never forgotten his rugby roots in Banbridge.
Both his father John and grandfather Don were club captains at Banbridge and Rory, like his brothers Simon and Mark, has had great encouragement from all the Best family as his rugby career progressed. Rory’s son Ben has followed in the family tradition by joining the mini section of our Club.
Rory has proved to be an outstanding captain for his province and his friends at Rifle Park are in no doubt that his tenure as captain of Ireland will be a successful one.
The Club is immensely proud of Rory, and his performances will be watched with intense interest and wholehearted support as he undertakes what will be a challenging position at the pinnacle of the national team, leading in the only way he knows how, by example and encouragement.
21st January 2016