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'From 2018, it felt like there was constant heat on me' - Rory Best on retirement and adjusting to the 'new normal'

Best admits it’s strange adapting to his ‘new normal’ of life without playing

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Former Ireland and Ulster captain Rory Best has had time to reflect on his rugby career on the family farm during the lockdown

Former Ireland and Ulster captain Rory Best has had time to reflect on his rugby career on the family farm during the lockdown

Former Ireland and Ulster captain Rory Best has had time to reflect on his rugby career on the family farm during the lockdown

When Bristol Bears came calling with an offer to end Rory Best's retirement before it had ever really begun, the subject was soon broached with eldest son Ben.

It wasn't so long ago that the nine-year-old was touting his father's prospects for the Lions tour to South Africa in 2021, even when the then-Ireland skipper reminded the young rugby nut that as a pre-teen he was already closer to the average age of a pro rugby player.

If anyone was to be keen to see the show go on, it was presumed Ben would be the one. "I'm just ready to have Dad at home," came the surprise response.