Ireland Rugby captain Rory Best has announced that he will hang up his boots after the Rugby World Cup this Autumn.

Best, who will win his 116th cap for the country on Sunday said: “I think it’s fairly certain that the World Cup will be the end for me,

“I think that I feel really good, I don’t feel I’m playing any worse. I’m really enjoying rugby and part of that might be because I haven’t 100 per cent made the decision.

“But I’m fairly sure it will be, and part of the reason I’m enjoying rugby so much – and I hope playing well – is because there’s that weight lifted off.

“When you’re playing, you start to get fixated with what’s coming, or if you’re playing well in this Six Nations you put yourself in the window for the World Cup.

“And if you play well in the World Cup there’s two more Six Nations and you’re in the window to the Lions tour.

“And you start to get bogged down with things that don’t really matter.”

Ireland face France in Dublin on Sunday, in what will now likely be the last home Six Nations game for Best, who’s career in the green jersey has spanned 14 years and placed him third on Ireland’s all-time appearance list.

-Daniel Potter