Stephen Ferris has no doubts about who the best player he has been fortunate to play with during his eight year career.
“Rory Best is the most consistent player I have ever played with - and it is not just because is a mate of mine,” smiled Ferris, who was also a former pupil of Portadown College where both had started out on their rugby careers.
“When it comes to training he doesn’t miss a lineout or if he does it’s somebody else’s fault not his.
“He didn’t play for four or five weeks before the PRO12 semi final and he came out and was amazing.
“His Lions experience wasn’t great the way it happened for him but he deserved to be on that Tour.
“Rory is definitely the best player I’ve played with. A lot of people say Brian O’Driscoll but for me being a forward and being involved in the heat of battle Rory is definitely the man who has stood up every single time.”
“He came in the year before me with Ulster. He is a couple of years older and what he has given Ulster and Irish rugby over the years is nothing short of a miracle especially with the amount of injuries he has had as well,” added Ferris.
Jerome Kaino is regarded as the hardest opponent Ferris has ever come up against.
“I think everybody should be scared of New Zealand because Kaino is coming back in from Japan.”
“Speaking to John Afoa before he left this guy is going to come back and set the world on fire again, he was the hardest guy I ever played against down at the Aviva and I actually scored that day but they took us apart.”
“He’s competitive, he’s strong, he’s fast it was unbelievable how quick he was but he is a good lad as well, he’s one off these guys that well beat the hell out of you for 80 minutes then shake your hand at the end and then have a beer with you afterwards and that is something I rugby I’ll miss knocking the crap out of one another for 80 minutes then shaking hands at the end.”