Belfast Telegraph

Ireland's Rory Best picks up Queen's honour for rugby achievements

By David Reed

Ireland and Ulster rugby star Rory Best yesterday showed he is a class act off the pitch as well as on it as he collected an honorary doctorate.

The 35-year-old was honoured by Queen's University for distinction in sport.

It comes months after Best captained his country to the Grand Slam at the 2018 Six Nations - only the third time in Irish rugby history. Ahead of the ceremony, Best said: "It has been a special year for me, my teammates and supporters. It has been a privilege to captain such an exceptional team and bring home the Grand Slam trophy.

"Receiving an honorary doctorate from Queen's University Belfast further cements 2018 as a year I will never forget."

Best is the only Ulsterman to have 100 caps for Ireland and has captained them to their highest ever world ranking.

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