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All the Best: Rory Best

We ask local personalities what are their favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

The 31-year-old Ulster and Ireland rugby player is married to Jodie. They live in Gilford with children Ben (3) and Penny (1). He is an ambassador for Charles Hurst car dealers

My best moment

From a family point of view that was getting married and having the two kids.

From a rugby point of view it was being selected to captain the British and Irish Lions team in the tour of Australia last summer. At the beginning I didn't think I was even going on the tour and then ended up captaining the team for one game. It was a massive honour to do that.

My best way to relax

I like playing golf in the summer, watching a sport and spending time with the family.

I really enjoy farming though. We moved closer to both our parents a few years ago and now live on one of the family farms.

I keep a few cattle and go out to look after them in the evening. It keeps me sane and sends my wife insane – you say you'll be back in five minutes and come back two hours later because you get stuck in the middle of some work and lose track of time.

My best job

I've never done anything except play rugby. It's something I've been very lucky to do. I left university one June and started my first professional contract the following month.

This is now my 10th year with Ulster and I've really enjoyed it. I wouldn't change it for the anything, no other sport or job.

The lows of losing a game and disappointing the fans can be very intense but the highs – winning games in front of 80,000 people – can be tremendous.

My best song

Music isn't my strong suit but I do like Johnny Cash (right). His song A Boy Named Sue would be one of my favourites.

I don't like some of the music the younger boys play in the gym but when I put my stuff on it usually gets turned off.

My best advice

Jack Nicklaus, or maybe it was Gary Player, once said: 'The more I practise the luckier I seem to get.' That's something I've tried to live by over the last few years.

I do a bit more work on my throwing and rugby in the evenings after formal practice and it has really helped me.

There are a lot of very talented boys around. The difference between that 1% of players who get to play for Ireland and the others who don't, is that they work that little bit harder or scrap that bit longer to make sure they get selected. No matter how good you think you are you can always be better.

My best gift

My wife bought me an iMac a few years ago. It has a great big screen. I don't have much office work to do on it, but I like sitting down in front of it occasionally, surfing the net for example.

There's so many things you can do with it, you'll never get the full use of the features.

My best achievement

That was the Heineken Cup run we had with Ulster two years ago. We lost in the final, but for so many years before that Europe was a waste of time for us – we never got out of the group stage. To get to the final was such an achievement. It meant that after years of struggling we were one of the top two teams in Europe.

My best buy

It is my quad bike. I use it to get around my farm. I like getting out of the house and going for a spin. I also have a ride-on lawnmower that I bought a few years ago and it makes c utting the grass a lot easier.

My best movie

I like Gladiator, but I love Old School.

It's a good comedy – I can turn it on and just laugh for an hour or so.

My best book

The novel One Shot by Lee Child. It features Jack Reacher and they've just turned it into a film starring Tom Cruise.

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