His performances on the pitch for Ulster last season and the work he carried out off it to help foster and develop the game in Ulster saw him named as the Guinness Ulster Rugby Personality of the Year last season.
Rory will be taking over the captaincy from his brother Simon, who has been named as Vice Captain for 2007-08, and thereâ00s little doubt in the mind of Ulster Coach Mark McCall that the brothers will make an excellent team; â00This season sees some degree of change for Ulster Rugby with a new Assistant Coach in Steve Williams, a Team Manager in David Millar and now the appointment of Rory Best as Team Captain. Simon has done an outstanding job in the role over the past two seasons and he will provide Rory with invaluable advice and guidance, particularly as he settles into the role.â0
"That said Rory is his own man, and a natural successor - he has matured tremendously as a player over the past couple of the seasons and is a hugely respected and popular member of the squad and Iâ00ve no doubt that his experiences at international level will stand him in good stead for his role as captain this coming season.â0
Rory who is delighted to be named as Captain said; â00This is a tremendous honour for me, Iâ00m delighted to accept the position. Itâ00s nice to know that Iâ00ve got Simon watching my back, heâ00s put a tremendous amount of time and effort into the job over the past two seasons and both he and the rest of the family are delighted for me.â0
Simon Best said this of the announcement â00 It has been a privilege to captain Ulster over the past two seasons and I am very much looking forward to supporting Rory in his new role. I have no doubt he will do a tremendous job and lead the squad well to a successful seasonâ0