sport news Rory Best hails James Ryan's performances ahead of Ireland's clash with Wales 

'He's reasonably young but it seems he's been around for an eternity': Rory Best hails James Ryan's performances ahead of Ireland's clash with Wales James Ryan will be pitted against vastly experienced Alun Wyn Jones in Cardiff Ryan will call Ireland's line-out for the first time in Cardiff for Six Nations clash Ireland will be looking to deny Wales a chance of winning the Grand Slam 

By Nick Purewal, Press Association

Published: 08:36 GMT, 16 March 2019 | Updated: 08:36 GMT, 16 March 2019

View
comments

Rory Best has tipped rookie lineout caller James Ryan to come of age against the 'world's best lock' Alun Wyn Jones in Cardiff.

Wales captain Jones will equal Gethin Jenkins' record combined Wales and British and Irish Lions caps haul of 134 in Saturday's Guinness Six Nations decider.

The 33-year-old skipper starts the Principality Stadium clash as the master when compared with his Irish counterpart, Leinster's 16-cap, 22-year-old Ryan.

Ireland captain Rory Best has heaped praise on James Ryan ahead of his side's clash in Wales

Ireland captain Rory Best has heaped praise on James Ryan ahead of his side's clash in Wales

Ireland captain Best however believes Ryan's finest trick in a stunning start to his career has been to fool the Test arena he has been around for what seems an 'eternity'.

'James is a reasonably young kid but it seems he's been around - with the performances he puts in - for an eternity,' said Best of Ryan, who will call Ireland's lineout for the first time in Cardiff.

'He hopefully will take it in his stride, and I think the great thing for us is the depth.

'This will be the third lineout caller of

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

NEXT Kelly set to announce new GWS deal, knocking back Victorian offers mogaznewsen