|Date of birth||15 August 1982|
Rory Best is an experienced hooker. His form for Ulster in the 2005/06 Heineken Cup campaign, in which he scored five tries, led to him earning his first cap for Ireland in the 2005 Autumn fixture against New Zealand. Best appeared in three of Ireland's matches at the 2007 World Cup. He was heavily involved in Ireland's 2011 Six Nations campaign, having finally overcome a series of career-threatening injuries.