Rugby Tadhg Furlong says Ireland will go ‘anywhere and back’ for captain Rory Best

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Rugby The Ireland team huddle during the Ireland captain's run ahead of their opening Pool A game against Scotland at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
The Ireland team huddle during the Ireland captain’s run ahead of their opening Pool A game against Scotland at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland will “go anywhere and back” for captain Rory Best at the World Cup, pledges prop Tadhg Furlong.

Evergreen 37-year-old hooker Best will win his 121st cap at his fourth World Cup when Ireland square up to Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday.

Furlong admitted he still finds it hard to fathom that he watched Best battling it out for Ireland at the 2007 tournament, but cannot wait to pack down alongside the Ulster front-rower this weekend.

Best’s stewardship came under fire in the wake of Ireland’s record 57-15 defeat by England in August, but Furlong believes the combative hooker can steer his side in style in Japan.

“I couldn’t say enough about the man,” said Furlong of Best.

“He leads by his actions, he’s incredibly good for us as a group of players, and he represents us unbelievably well.

“His attention to detail, how he keeps his body right, for an ageing man of 37 you see him running around in pre-season and he’s as fit as a fiddle, honest to God.

“I’d go to anywhere and back with him. And I speak for the whole squad in terms of that.

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