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Ireland captain Rory Best isn’t happy with Jacob Stockdale, after the winger managed to overtake his all-time try-scoring haul after just 10 games.
Best has scored nine tries for Ireland in 110 Tests, while Stockdale has incredibly already surpassed him with 10 tries in just 8 appearances for Ireland so far. To be fair Best is a front-row, but what a return from young Stockdale so far.
He’s already grabbed 6 tries at this year’s Six Nations, a record for an Irish player in a single championship. Speaking after today’s captain’s run, Best fears he now has no hope of ever catching Stockdale!
“It’s hugely frustrating, he’s already passed the number of tries that I’ve scored and I can’t see me getting back past him again!” joked Best.
“But he’s been really good and it’s been talked a lot about his hunger and his want to learn and get better.
“Joe is a brilliant coach and can be a really, really tough taskmaster at times. He asks a lot of you and puts you under a lot of pressure in training, and there are players, some very good players, who just can’t cope with that.
“To be fair to Jacob, and he’s not the finished article, far from it, but he wants to get better and he is improving. But his record as a finisher speaks for himself. It’s a phenomenal record and I think it’s 100 years since somebody has scored two tries in three championship games for Ireland, or some statistic like that.
“So do that sort of thing is incredible and I know he would be the first – well, he may not be – but I’ll be the first to give credit to everyone inside him, especially that backline that he plays on the edge of.
“And Rob Kearney behind him, helping him, that’s where experienced guys count. Earlsy and Kearns in that back three helping him, making sure that he’s always positionally near enough where he needs to be and those are the little learnings that he is lapping up.”