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Rugby captain throws his weight behind Stay campaign

By David Young

Published 16/06/2016

Rory Best with his wife Jodie
Rory Best with his wife Jodie

The captain of the Irish rugby team has urged voters to support a Remain vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

As well as captaining Ireland and Ulster, Rory Best is also a farmer.

The Aberdeen Angus breeder, from Co Armagh, highlighted the importance of the vote to the agricultural sector as he made clear his support for the UK remaining part of the EU.

Farmers in Northern Ireland receive hundreds of millions of pounds in EU subsidies annually, and Chancellor George Osborne has previously warned that level of support is unlikely to be maintained in the event of Brexit.

But pro-Leave campaigners have insisted farmers and fishermen have been stifled by EU bureaucracy, and that an exit would open up new global trade opportunities.

Best, who is currently leading Ireland on their summer tour of South Africa, tweeted: "Thursday 23rd June is an important date for farmers & the agrifood sector.

"Support them by voting to stay in EU! #Brexit #NoPlanB."

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