Former Ireland rugby captain Rory Best has teamed up with Specsavers to support its Healthy Hearing campaign, launched in celebration of important PRSI changes.

As part of the campaign, Specsavers has pledged to test and screen a quarter of a million people over the next two years.

Best is a well-connected ambassador, who at times struggles with his own hearing.

“For the last few years I have been very mindful of my hearing and today would consider my hearing health to be an important part of my overall health check,” he said.

“A couple of years ago I found myself becoming more aware of my hearing, perhaps struggling a bit in certain situations so I decided to have it checked out. While I was OK for the most part, I did have issues with certain sounds or pitches, so it’s now just something that I keep an active eye on with an annual hearing test at Specsavers.”

Best also spoke of his new coaching role with the Seattle Seawolves. It will mostly be done on a consultancy basis with Best dialling in via Zoom with coaches on the ground on the Pacific coast. “The press release almost made it sound like I was taking over as director of rugby, which is not the case,” he said.

The club is owned by Enniskillen born Adrian Balfour who was keen to get Best’s input. There may be more of a physical role when restriction are eased but Best seems fully committed to life at home in Northern Ireland where he has a family farm and a young family.


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