Ireland hooker Rory Best has signed a new contract which keeps him at Ulster for the next two years.
Ireland are set to travel to the USA next November to take on world champions New Zealand at Chicago’s Soldier Field, according to the Irish Times.
Ireland will play the Springboks three times in June next year during their first tour of South Africa in 12 years.
Rory Best believes Ireland will find it difficult to replace departing defence coach Les Kiss.
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