Tiernan O’Halloran Gives Fascinating Insight Into Bundee Aki’s Role In Ireland Camp

Plenty of homework to do.

Bundee Aki was recently invited to a training camp with Ireland for his first Test of international rugby. The New Zealand born centre is set to become eligible for Ireland ahead of the November series, and is clearly in Joe Schmidt’s plans.

Tiernan O’Halloran is all too familiar with what Bundee Aki can bring to the table as his teammate with Connacht, and today gave us a fascinating insight into how the centre is getting on during the bedding in period.

“It was good to get all the squad back together with a few of those lads that were away with the Lions. Bundee did good; he fitted in well. It was his first camp and he did well. It’s tough now.
“I remember when I was coming into camp for the first time. For the first four days I was locking myself into my room to learn all the plays and the calls because there was so much detail to learn straight away. And for Joe, you literally need to learn that within 24 hours.

“It was just trying to learn all the new calls… I was okay as I was used to many of them but we’ve all our new plays at Connacht now as well as Ireland. So Bundee has double the work that I do. But he coped with himself very well and did good in training.”
Sounds like Bundee Aki has plenty of homework to do over the next few weeks. No doubt a player of his ability will well able for it.