Best hailed on verge of century

Date published: October 31 2016

Ulster boss Les Kiss has praised Rory Best's toughness as he edges closer to winning 100 Test caps, starting this weekend in Chicago.%u200B

Best is set to captain Ireland once again in his 98th Test for his country, and 77th start, when they take on the All Blacks at Soldier Field.

Should he stay healthy then Best will be expected to join Ireland's 100 club over the next few weeks, joining Brian O'Driscoll, Ronan O'Gara, Paul O'Connell and John Hayes.

Kiss hailed the 34-year-old's durability having overcome a number of injuries throughout his career to produce some of his best rugby in his latter years for province and country.

"To have passed 90 caps is special for the uncompromising way he plays the game, so to reach 100 caps would be some occasion too," Kiss told PA Sport.

"He's had his injuries in his time, but he's robust, resilient and just keeps coming, keeps working hard to improve each year.

"He's got all the qualities that you'd expect from someone capable of reaching 100 caps. I find him one of the toughest players who's ever been up there.

"We'd love to see him hit the 100-cap milestone in November, because he'd be hugely deserving of that."