Trevor Hogan: Rory Best getting Ireland captaincy not just about leadership

Trevor and The Irish Times' Gerry Thornley react to Six Nations squad announcement with Off The Ball

Trevor Hogan: Rory Best getting Ireland captaincy not just about leadership

Rory Best arrives for training in Kildare | Image: INPHO/James Crombie

Former Ireland second row Trevor Hogan believes Rory Best's elevation to the country's captaincy is not just down to leadership qualities.

Speaking to Off The Ball tonight on the day that Best was named as Paul O'Connell's successor in a 35-man panel for the Six Nations, Trevor believes form is just as vital when it comes to the Ulster skipper.

"He's just an absolute warrior at the breakdown. He gets battered time and again but he's so hard to move off the ball. He's won so many steals recently and he's brilliant at the choke tackle. He's probably our best player at it. It's not purely on his leadership qualities that he's getting this. He's out-and-out our best hooker and it's worth throwing that in there how good he's playing," said Trevor, while Gerry Thornley of The Irish Times highlighted how popular the Ulsterman is among his team-mates.

As well as casting their eyes on the uncapped newcomers to the Ireland squad, Trevor and Gerry also touched on the case of Leinster and Ireland prop Marty Moore who had agreed terms with English Premiership side Wasps but appears to have made a U-turn after an "intervention" led by Joe Schmidt to stay on these shores.

"Marty Moore, if you look at it in terms where could he best go, that Munster might be a great option there. It would be great if he could manoeuvre in such a way that Marty would go to Munster, benefit both province and country with Furlong being strong there," said Trevor.