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The Rory Best interview, Part One: The end of his career, his life away from rugby and why he gave up alcohol for a year

In Part 1 of an exclusive interview, former Irish rugby captain Rory Best tells Barry Egan about fear being the foundation of his playing career, the secret of his happy marriage, Joe Schmidt, retirement from professional sports, his feelings about 'Love Island' and vomiting in a hotel lobby at 3pm after being up all night drinking on the Lions tour of Australia

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Rory Best (Photo: Frank McGrath)

Rory Best (Photo: Frank McGrath)

Rory Best with his children Richie, Penny and Ben after the 2019 World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

Rory Best with his children Richie, Penny and Ben after the 2019 World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.

Rory and Jodie Best

Rory and Jodie Best

Rory and Richie take to the waters in Co Longford

Rory and Richie take to the waters in Co Longford

Rory Best: My Autobiography

Rory Best: My Autobiography

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Rory Best (Photo: Frank McGrath)

I bet Ronan O'Gara or Roy Keane or Rory McIlroy never set their leg on fire after a night on the beer as teenagers.

One night in a field in Newry, camping with friends - "It was really an excuse to do some drinking around a campfire" - young Rory Best tried to light the fire with petrol. And his leg caught fire. "I still have the scar on my leg from the burns!" he laughs, adding that he eventually got a taxi into Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, where he told his poor parents.

"A lot of my issues came around enjoying a drink and sometimes that went a bit far," says Rory, who was born on August 15, 1982, and brought up on a farm in Co Armagh.