Rugby Best back in line for Cardiff clash, says Schmidt

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Joe Schmidt says that the issue of Rory Best’s Ireland captaincy is not on his agenda but added that “no roles have been finalised for the World Cup.”

The Ulster hooker, capped 118 times, was due to talk to the media at a commercial event on Tuesday but that was postponed with the organisers citing “increased training commitments” as the reason why, while fellow front-row forward Tadhg Furlong was also replaced for a different event launch.

“No roles have been finalised for the World Cup until we name our 31 later on next week,” said Schmidt when asked if 37-year-old Best’s position as captain was secure.

“No-one takes anything for granted. Rory is currently the captain and he’ll continue to be captain until further notice really, and if that notice comes in the short term then that’s a discussion I’ll have with Rory.

“At this stage it’s not on our agenda.

“We don’t operate in a safe environm

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