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In pictures: Rory Best plays final game as Barbarians take on Wales in Cardiff

Rory Best Barbarians leads out the Barbarians with his three children Ben, Penny and Richie.
Rory Best Barbarians leads out the Barbarians with his three children Ben, Penny and Richie.
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Rory Best of the Barbarians embraces Schalk Brits of the Barbarians as he leaves the field for the final time during the international friendly match between Wales and the Barbarians at the Principality Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for Barbarians)
Ulster and Ireland legend Rory Best after playing his final ever professional game for the Barbarians against Wales (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Rory Best of the Barbarians leaves the field for the final time during the international friendly match between Wales and the Barbarians at the Principality Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for Barbarians)
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Ken Owens of Wales scores his side's fourth try as Rory Best of Barbarians challenges during the International Friendly match between Wales and Barbarians at Principality Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Rory Best of the Barbarians embraces his three children prior to the international friendly match between Wales and the Barbarians at the Principality Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for Barbarians)
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Rory Best of the Barbarians leads out the team with his three children during the international friendly match between Wales and the Barbarians at the Principality Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for Barbarians)
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Rory Best of the Barbarians embraces Schalk Brits of the Barbarians in the changing room prior to the international friendly match between Wales and the Barbarians at the Principality Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for Barbarians)
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Rory Best of the Barbarians talks to his team in the changing room prior to the international friendly match between Wales and the Barbarians at the Principality Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for Barbarians)
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Rory Best of the Barbarians talks to his team in the changing room prior to the international friendly match between Wales and the Barbarians at the Principality Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for Barbarians)
BarbariansÄô Rory Best wears odd jocks during the International match at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 30, 2019. See PA story RUGBYU Wales. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use in books or print sales without prior permission
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Rory Best of the Barbarians leads out the team with his three children during the international friendly match between Wales and the Barbarians at the Principality Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for Barbarians)
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Rory Best of the Barbarians arrives at the stadium prior to the international friendly match between Wales and the Barbarians at the Principality Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for Barbarians)
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 29: (L-R) Luke Jones, Billy Meakes, Rory Best and George Biagi of the Barbarians pose for a photo prior to the Barbarians Captain's Run at Principality Stadium on November 29, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for Barbarians)

Former Ireland and Ulster captain Rory Best entered the pitch hand in hand with his children Penny, Ben and Richie as he played his final game in professional rugby on Saturday.

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The 37-year-old captained the Barbarians as they took on Wales on an emotional afternoon in Cardiff for Best.

Best played 52 minutes before being withdrawn to rapturous applause as he finally brought down the curtain on a legendary career.

Best, of course, retired from top class rugby after Ireland's World Cup exit but has enjoyed a few more hit-outs with the touring side.

He led the Barbarians in the narrow 31-33 defeat to Fiji at Twickenham and was a substitute in the 47-22 win in Brazil. While in Sao Paolo, Best stole the show by slotting over a left-footed conversion.

Lining up alongside him in Wales is former Ulster's prop Wiehahn Herbst.

The duo couldn't, however, help the Barbarians to a result.

Josh Adams opened the scores when he touched down for Wales to take an early 7-0 lead but Josh Strauss helped level the scores with his side's first try on 25 minutes.

However, that was to be as good as it got for Best and his touring side as Johnny McNicholl and Ken Owens both scored to open up a 19-7 half-time lead for the hosts.

Owens and another score had Wales 33-7 ahead by the time Best was withdrawn, although Curwin Bosch pulled back a try for the Baa-Baas.

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