Contract boost for Rory as he leads Grand Slam bid
Ahead of what Rory Best believes is Ireland's biggest game under Joe Schmidt, against Scotland in Dublin today in pursuit of a Six Nations Grand Slam, the skipper says his own future is close to being resolved.
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Best, along with Ulster team-mate Iain Henderson, has no contract in place for next season, having previously stated he wanted a deal that would likely take him through to the 2019 World Cup sorted before the Six Nations began.
"I think it is at a fairly advanced stage and we'll hopefully have an announcement about that fairly soon," said Best of negotiations.
"I feel I'm playing pretty well and my stance on it hasn't changed in the last while. Due to a few unforeseen circumstances it hasn't been as quickly through as we would like but hopefully we will have news on that - good, bad or indifferent - in the future, the very near future."
If Ireland secure a better result against Scotland than England manage against France today, they'll win a third Six Nations in five years, with Best adding: "This is probably the biggest game we've faced, certainly with this group, but potentially also under Joe."