28 May 2013

Best elated to join Lions squad

10:36 am on 28 May 2013

Ireland hooker Rory Best says he's gone from a low ebb to one of the best moments of his career after earning a late call-up to the British and Irish Lions' squad for the tour to Australia.

Best was devastated to have been omitted from the original 37-man squad for the Australia trip when it was announced at the end of April.

The 30-year-old Ulster star was considered unfortunate to have lost out to England's Dylan Hartley for a place among the three hookers.

But Best will now to Hong Kong with the Lions for the first leg of their tour after Hartley was handed an 11-week suspension for abusing referee Wayne Barnes in the English Premiership final on the weekend.

The New Zealand-born hooker will now miss the Lions tour to Australia.