Bundee Aki Reveals Whether He’s Interested In Playing For Ireland Or Not


Connacht announced that Bundee Aki has signed a new three-year deal with the province yesterday.

The Kiwi-born centre becomes eligible for Ireland in October 2017, and in recent months admitted he wants to play at test level, but would not confirm as to whether he’d be willing to represent Ireland or not.

Aki has now revealed today that Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has been in touch with him. And with that news, the 26-year-old highlighted that he’s excited by the prospect of representing Ireland.

Stuart McCloskey tackles Bundee Aki 1/4/2016

“Joe has spoken to me,” Aki told The42.ie.

“He has been giving me feedback about how I have been performing and things I can work on.

“I want to play rugby to the highest level, and if that opportunity arrives then I will take it with two hands.

“But my main focus at the moment is my provincial contract. I am playing with Connacht and I am trying to do as much as I can to make us play really well.”

Will Aki play for Ireland? We wouldn’t bet against it.

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