Best aims for history in South Africa

Date published: March 20 2016

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Ireland captain Rory Best was coy on whether he would lead his country on their tour to South Africa later this year.

Best was appointed by Joe Schmidt at the start of the Six Nations to lead Ireland, but could face competition for the captaincy from Iain Henderson and Peter O'Mahony, with both set to return from injury.

Under the Ulster hooker's leadership Ireland won their final two matches over Italy and Scotland, following their opening draw with Wales and losses to France and England.

Now, Best and Ireland will head to South Africa looking to make history with a first win against the Springboks away from home.

Ireland won the last meeting between the two sides 29-15 in Dublin back in November 2014.

"There's obviously a fair bit of rugby to play between now and then hopefully back at our provinces," Best said.

"We'll sign out tomorrow and look forward to knocking lumps out of each other for two months.

"We've now won two games, and we can go to South Africa and try to create history by winning Test matches over there. It's been really enjoyable to lead Ireland for this Six Nations, and I suppose I'll just wait and see if the old body holds up.

"It's been a massive honour.

"Here you're surrounded by leaders. Even someone like CJ Stander who made his debut at the start of the Six Nations captains Munster.

"It's not left to one person, everyone's contributing and we're always trying to be better."

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