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'From 2018, it felt like a constant heat': Rory Best reflects on pressures of Ireland captaincy and release of retirement

 

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Rory Best has been spending plenty of time on the family farm.

Rory Best has been spending plenty of time on the family farm.

Saying goodbye: Rory Best with daughter Penny and son Ben after Ireland's elimination at the 2019 World Cup in Japan

Saying goodbye: Rory Best with daughter Penny and son Ben after Ireland's elimination at the 2019 World Cup in Japan

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Changed times: Rory Best (left) at the Cheltenham Festival, his final game as a player with Barbarians

Changed times: Rory Best (left) at the Cheltenham Festival, his final game as a player with Barbarians

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He is now spending more time on the farm

He is now spending more time on the farm

Rory Best was on punditry duty for Eirsport when Ulster played Leinster before Christmas

Rory Best was on punditry duty for Eirsport when Ulster played Leinster before Christmas

Rory Best has been spending plenty of time on the family farm.

When Bristol Bears came calling with an offer to end Rory Best's retirement before it had ever really begun, the subject was soon broached with eldest son Ben.

It wasn't so long ago that the nine-year-old was touting his father's prospects for the Lions tour to South Africa in 2021, even when the then-Ireland skipper reminded the young rugby nut that as a pre-teen he was the one closer to the average age of a pro rugby player.

If anyone was to be keen to see the show go on, it was presumed Ben would be the one.