Ireland skipper to retire after World Cup
Ireland and Ulster captain Rory Best says he will retire from rugby after taking part in this year’s World Cup in Japan.
In March, Best hinted that he would call time on his international career after the World Cup but he remained tight-lipped on his availability domestically.
But the 36-year-old has now confirmed that he will stop playing altogether after the showpiece event in Japan.
Best, who has made 219 appearances for Ulster since making his debut in 2004, is currently sidelined with an ankle injury but hopes to be back in time for the Pro14 quarter-final clash with Connacht next month.
"It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement from Ulster Rugby as of the end of this season," said Best.
"This feels like the right time for me to go out on my terms, a luxury for which I feel very privileged.
"I am very excited for the end of the season with Ulster and for the upcoming World Cup with Ireland - both of which I hope to finish with a massive high, playing at the top of my game."
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