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'Honoured and humbled'

Thursday, 22 June 2017

'Honoured and humbled' thumbnailActon native Rory Best has been awarded an OBE for his services to sport. The Ulster hooker is currently on tour with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand.

It has been a week to remember for Acton native Rory Best as he received an OBE for his services to rugby and was also named British and Irish Lions captain for their midweek clash with the Chiefs.

The Ulster hooker, who is currently in New Zealand representing the British and Irish Lions, has racked up 104 caps for Ireland and has enjoyed 13 years at the Kingspan Stadium.

Best now joins his father John and mother Patricia in being honoured by the Queen

His father John received a MBE for services to agriculture and his mother was honoured for her services to the public sector.

Speaking to the official Ulster Rugby official website, Best thanked everyone for helping him to achieve what he has in his illustrious career.

"I'm just so surprised and humbled; it's such a massive honour.

"To be recognised for contributing to a sport, for someone to feel I'm worthy of being nominated, and then to be deemed worthy, it's quite incredible.

"My parents were obviously delighted. My mum and dad actually both have MBEs, my dad for agriculture and my mum for services to the public sector.

" So it was quite funny telling them I'd gone one better than them!

"I'll always refer back to Banbridge Rugby Club and that's where it all started for me, but there are so many people to thank for their help along the way that I couldn't even begin to name them.

"People who either coached me or helped me as a person.

"And it always comes back to mum, dad, my brothers and sisters, and my wife and children.

"They are the people I spend the most time with.

"And especially with rugby, with my wife Jodie, she's been right through since I played for Ulster Schools.

"She's had a big influence on the person I am.

"It's not just a reflection of my rugby ability.

"There are better players than me, but it's also hopefully a reflection of the person you are.

"It would be humbling to think that you can be considered more than just being able to play rugby."

Last weekend Best received more good news as he was announced as British and Irish Lions captain for their midweek clash against the Chiefs on Tuesday, June 20 in Waikato.

Best will be hoping to lead the Lions to a midweek win and put himself back in contention for action in the Test series which gets underway this Saturday.

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