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Tadhg Furlong Pays Tribute To '55-Years-Of-Age' Rory Best

Tadhg Furlong Pays Tribute To '55-Years-Of-Age' Rory Best

Rory Best played the full 80 minutes as Ireland beat Scotland in their opening game of the World Cup on Sunday morning.

The Ireland captain turned 37 last month and was reminded of his elderly status both during his own post-match interview and one involving Tadhg Furlong on RTÉ.

"You officially end this game as Ireland's oldest ever Rugby World Cup member, go and get your slippers on," Best was told. He smiled in reaction.

Speaking to RTÉ, Furlong - with a grin which suggested his words had been part of a bet - paid tribute to his front row teammate.

"I was only out there for ten minutes in the second half," said the tighthead prop.

The boys did really well and got that turnover scrum. It's good to have that competition there and Old Man Best playing 80 minutes which is a testament to him at 55-years-of-age.

"I haven't looked at the game yet," responded Furlong when asked how much the forwards had to do with Ireland's win.

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"I haven't even talked to our coach yet. Conor was putting the ball on a sixpence and lads were getting up after it in the air - we were winning those 50/50s. Sometimes they go your way and sometimes they don't and tonight they did.

"We were walking out in the tunnel at the start of the second half and you see all the rain coming down. It became a bit of a dogfight them but lads stuck at it."

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