Can Best exit on ultimate high?

Even with a 747 at his disposal, Marco Polo would probably have thought twice about rushing to map out Rory Best’s last rugby journey, from Armagh to Yokohama.

The fearless Italian explorer could have navigated his way from A to Y without any insulting hi-tech aids like sat nav but history and commonsense would have told him that he could not guarantee completing the trip in one piece. 

The tricky bit is not getting to Japan but surviving the ferocity of six matches en route to the final in Yokohama and nobody will understand that better than Ireland’s venerable captain.

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