BBC: Agents gives his own player a match award?

Not sure what was going on at BBC NI Sport at the time (haven’t they heard there’s a crisis?), but the Irish Independent has an interview with Ulster’s Neil Best who won BBC’s Man of Match Award after the Italy game at Ravenhill, who reckons the award was “fixed for him” by his agent:

So, being named ‘Man of the Match’ didn’t exactly count for much? “No it didn’t.” admits Best.

“The award didn’t make me feel any better, because my agent (Ryan Constable) was commentating for the BBC and he made the decision.

“He’s obviously trying to secure another few years for me. And yes, I will be retaining his services, but don’t tell him that because I want him to keep him on his toes.”

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