With BBC News School Report 2016 Live News day fast approaching on Thursday 10th March, Portadown College journalism students secured an interview with local sporting hero, old boy and Ireland rugby captain, Rory Best.

Rory was given a rapturous reception from the sports staff and students who packed the assembly hall for an audience with the Ireland rugby captain.  Thanks go to Richard Mulligan, Sports Editor for the Newsletter who interviewed the sporting hero. Rory treated his captive audience to stories from his College days at PC, family life and even reflections from the farm, before expressing personal thanks to Head of Boys’ PE Andrew Symington for giving him his break when, seeing his potential, he suggested Best change position from prop to hooker.

Sports teams and individual students got photos with the star and many autographs were signed before Rory gave his all-important press interview to the Year 11 Journalism reporters Nye Crozier and Rosie Johnson.

This televised interview will be aired on BBC News School Report on Thursday 10th March, as part of the live news programme presented by students from NI schools, including Portadown College Year 11 students Dale Mulligan and Nathan Capper.  It can be viewed on BBC 1 via the red button or on the BBC School Report webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/27664181.

Thanks go to Rory Best for giving up some of his precious time off before his final two games of the Six Nations tournament.  PC congratulate their former 1st XV rugby captain once again on his promotion to captain of Ireland.

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