Bundee Eligible For Ireland Next Month

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Connacht Rugby fans could soon be seeing Bundee Aki in an Irish Jersey with the 27-year-old Auckland-born centre qualifying to represent the country this October under the three-year residency rule.

Aki was called up to an Irish training camp in August by Joe Schmidt reporting back that, “It was an eye opener. It’s a big step up from Pro14 rugby, I enjoyedevery minute of it. Obviously, you have to learn a lot of things, a lot of books. But I enjoyed it, I was very lucky to be in that first camp. There were a few of us [Connacht players] in there so it was good, I just enjoyed every bit.”

Aki first put on the Connacht jersey in the 2014/2015 season and was a key component of the team which won the Guinness Pro14 the following season against a strong Leinster Rugby outfit in Murrayfield Stadium.