Simon Best

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Simon Best
Personal information
Full name Simon Best
Date of birth (1978-02-11) 11 February 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Craigavon, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 17 st 13 lb (114 kg)
School(s) attended Portadown College
University(s) Newcastle University
Relatives Rory Best
Club information
Position(s) Prop
Current club Ulster
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
1999 - 2008 Ulster 118 (25)
Representative teams
2003 - 2008 Ireland 23 (5)
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

Simon Best (born 11 February 1978) is a former Irish rugby union footballer. He played for Ulster and was club captain in Ulster's 2005/06 Magners League winning season. Simon missed the final game of Ulster' successful campaign in 2005/06 due to a broken ankle sustained while playing against Llanelli Scarlets in the penultimate game of the season.

Simon is the brother of the Ireland and Ulster hooker Rory Best. He was educated at Portadown College and has also represented Ireland at schools, U19, U21, U25 and A levels. He later studied Agriculture at Newcastle University.[1]


On 26 September 2007 Best was rushed to hospital in Bordeaux with a loss of feeling down his side. He was immediately pulled out of the Ireland World Cup side and returned home. On 25 February 2008, Best announced his retirement from Rugby due to an irregular heartbeat. He stated he would no longer be able to sustain the high level of training that playing professional Rugby required.


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