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    Apologies if posted already, just found this on the BBC sport site:


    During his second season as director of rugby at Ulster, Alan Solomons, in his wisdom, said that Neil Best would one day play for Ireland.


    In many ways it was against the grain. Many people scoffed at the thought.


    Best was a raw, late recruit to the game and had this impediment where he sorted out perceived grievances through Marquis of Queensbury rules.


    Boy, haven't things changed. From a firebrand, to a truly hard-hitting, patient and fully-focused back-row forward. Potentially a world-beating one.


    The 27-year-old one-man wrecking ball was only on the field for 60 minutes in Ireland's 21-6 victory over Australia on Saturday, but it gave the paying public an hour's worth of pleasure.


    Best already had the man-of-the-match award tucked into his pocket when he trooped off to a standing ovation from the drenched audience at Lansdowne Road.


    It wasn't the only thing he had in his pocket. Those Australians who tried to run through him found granite, the sort that is found at the foot of Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Northern Ireland which he has climbed many times.


    Lote Tuqiri was the first to feel the pain. It was Australia's first attack - virtually the last - when Best legitimately thumped the Wallaby centre. You could almost see his dreadlocks straighten.


    Next up was Phil Waugh, the barrel-chested Waratahs flanker. The Ulsterman had the ball, and Waugh had lined up his opposite number ready to welcome the virtual newcomer to the party.


    Like two rutting stags they came together, ending with Waugh's jowls encircling his face as Best proved to be the dominant male.





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    In the second half, as Australia tried to pick and drive from a scrum in their 22, where they spent most of the match, flanker Rocky Elsom was almost turned to dust when another punishing Best pile-driver had him eating grass.


    But it was not only Best's physicality that impressed. His line-out work was immaculate - a more than useful third jumper.


    Best's handling and off-loading, aided in no small measure by Ireland's continuity coach Brian McLaughlin, is another improved feature of his game.


    But despite his star rating, Best was un-moved by the clamour of his exhilarating performance. That's the man. He loves his privacy, and his food.


    A lover of maple syrup and home cooking, Best - who has a BSc and MA in Chemical Engineering - is renowned for his food intake. He trains as he plays - hard, and he needs fuel to fill the gap in his body metabolism.


    At the recent annual Irish Rugby Writers' awards luncheon, held immediately after an Ireland training session, Best scavenged the tables on his way into the banquet room for bread, fruit - anything to fill a gap before aperitifs.


    I have personally seen him walking home at night after visiting a local supermarket, where he had bought ingredients to rustle up a little French or Italian dish.


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    Born in George Best's hinterland in east Belfast, the stroppy 16-year-old was first introduced to the game at Welling

    #2
    With himself and Leamey in the BR we have a real menace to our pack. No team is going to enjoy playing against us.

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      #3
      too F**king right...long may it continue

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        #4
        You could probably add Fla to that duo.
        Munster - Incessant Perfervidity
        "Ireland Will Choke" - Jeremy Guscott

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          #5
          Wally will be happy to know he is considered the "nice" one[img]smileys/smile.gif[/img]
          The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
          - Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

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            #6
            Deffo a find.May his hunger for the game persist.The other Ulster gents are a welcome addition to the squad as well.Good to spread the load out among the provinces.
            Stay cool .None of us are in the brain trust,right!

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              #7
              He's an amazing player, like an animal left loose on the pitch. What a back row we'll have for the WC

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                #8
                Once he can contain his anger and aggression to an acceptable manner. Anyone remember watching the CL match last season where he left Kevin Morgan stretchedon the floor at the final whistle following a very high tackle (And the Changalanger ref who just walked away [img]smileys/thumb-down.gif[/img])

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                  #9


                  yeah corker the emphasis being LAST SEASON! I've watched Best for many years now and yes he has been a hot head picking up too many yellow cards, but he is more sensible about knocking 7 shades of sh*t outta people now.[img]smileys/thumb-up.gif[/img]





                  So what if he nailed a Welsham! [img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]Its not basketball, you gotta expect a slap now and again!

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                    #10


                    And certain people said that he was not a LO option??

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                      #11
                      Bravissimo Neil! Dumbest yellow card I've seen for a long time tonight!

                      If a ferret had the brains of Neil Best, he'd be described as a particularly slow-minded ferret!
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                        #12
                        Blackadder fan OD?
                        \"Only Pienaar, Botha and Ferris would be in contention for a place on our first 15. That\'s a fact.\" - Tickettout\'s take on Ulster April 2011.

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                          #13
                          Watch out for that radiator OD, they can jump right up at yeah.
                          Pedantry - the last bastion of the obtuse.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Ian Smith View Post
                            Watch out for that radiator OD, they can jump right up at yeah.
                            Sorry, but I don't understand pidgin English.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Old Dog View Post
                              Bravissimo Neil! Dumbest yellow card I've seen for a long time tonight!

                              If a ferret had the brains of Neil Best, he'd be described as a particularly slow-minded ferret!
                              go on, you've got my interest now, what did he do this time?
                              \"A million monkeys with a million crayons would be hard-pressed in a million years to create anything as cretinous as Battlefield Earth.\"

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