British and Irish Lions 2013: Rory Best honoured by call-up

British and Irish Lions 2013: Ulster hooker Rory Best says he is honoured by his call-up to Warren Gatland's 37-man squad

Sportsbeat
By    

Rory Best admits he is honoured to be selected as part of the British & Irish Lions squad, having initially been left out of the 37-man touring party.

Hooker Best, who started all five of Ireland’s Six Nations fixtures, was added to the squad on Sunday just 24 hours after Ulster lost the PRO12 final to Leinster.

“It was hard when I didn’t make the initial squad because it is everyone’s ambition to play for the Lions, but to be selected now is a massive honour,” said Best.

“To be finally selected makes playing professional rugby worthwhile and makes up for the feeling I had a few weeks ago when I thought the chance had gone.”

Meanwhile, Munster back row Peter O’Mahony has been made captain for Ireland’s summer tour of North America in Best’s absence.

The 23-year-old O’Mahony has impressed for Rob Penney’s side this season and during the autumn internationals and the Six Nations, he made himself a mainstay of the Ireland back row.

He will be Ireland’s youngest captain since Brian O’Driscoll led the men in green on their tour of Australia in 2002.

MORE: Buy tickets for the 2015 Rugby World Cup

MORE: British Lions confirm busy 2017 tour of New Zealand

MORE: Harlequins are going to be competing at the top, says Roberts

Rugby union tickets on
RBS Six Nations Tickets 06 February - 19 March
England Rugby Tickets 15 August - 12 March
France Rugby Tickets 15 August - 11 October
 News feed