Rory Best on track for World Cup and Ulster's quest for silverware
RORY Best is still on track for Ireland's World Cup challenge and he hopes that he can be available for one final trophy push with Ulster this season – if his team can qualify for the PRO 14 play-offs.
The Ireland and Ulster skipper appeared in Dublin today with a damaged right ankle still immersed in a protective moon boot but with no significant structural damage, the hooker hopes to be back on the field in May.
“There’s no structural damage just a few wrenches I suppose to some the ligaments in there. So from that side of things it’s good news. It is still going to be a few weeks.
“They just like to put the magical figure of six weeks on it. It might be less. It might be more. It’s in and around there.
“I would hope to play some part in the end of season for Ulster, which will be a big goal now. Obviously that will depend on the next three games, certainly the next two games for us in terms of play offs.”
Best sustained the injury in only the sixth minute of Ulster's 21-18 defeat to Leinster in Saturday's Champions Cup thriller at the Aviva but played on for another ten minutes.
A potential confrontation with Irish colleague Tadhg Furlong forced him to concede defeat in his brave but doomed battle to remain on the field.
“Sunday morning when all the adrenalin has worn off, you start to get a bit sore. I was saying to myself I wonder could I have pushed on and played on. “But any time I turned at any kind of angle it was really sore. and probably the final straw was when I was at the edge of a maul and I went to hit Tadhg Furlong.
“Just as I turned I lost a bit of power. Whenever you lose power hitting that man it’s not ideal. I knew then that I wasn’t great. But I was hoping everything was intact.
“With Rob Herring and the quality of replacements there it was one of those where you have to kinda put the team first. I would have loved to put more tape on it and try to soldier on.
“But when you are playing Leinster with the speed the game was at you need 15 fully fit players on the pitch.
“On Saturday night and Sunday morning I was a bit sore and a bit worried about it so I’m as happy as I could be yesterday when I got the scan.”
Specsavers is announcing Rory Best as the new 2019/2020 Specsavers Audiology Ambassador in Ireland.
Rory, who is an advocate of proactive hearing health, gets tested whenever he suffers from hearing symptoms and knows first-hand what it's like to live with family members who have hearing loss. He will be available to discuss a positive approach to hearing health, and new research that Specsavers has conducted around Irish people's attitudes toward hearing loss.