Rory Best. Ulster hooker Best was recently announced as the new Ireland captain after the retirement on Paul O’Connell. Best’s performances in the World Cup and recently with Ulster propelled him to the fore for the vacant position. His half-time speech during Ulster’s Champions Cup game with Oyonnax inspired the side to a spectacular comeback and cemented his reputation as a natural leader. The 33-year-old has won 89 caps for Ireland since his debut against the All Blacks at Lansdowne Road in 2005. With three Six Nations medals to his name he looks to be the perfect man to lead Ireland in search of history.