“I Didn’t Think I’d Get Along With Him So Well” – Bundee Aki’s Surprising Lions Bromance

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

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British and Irish Lions centre Bundee Aki was understandably full of smiles speaking to us yesterday after being named to start in the third and final Test against the Springboks this weekend.

The Ireland international has had to bide his time in recent weeks after impressing early on in the tour but will now finally get his chance to impress in the Test arena as the Lions look to clinch the series.

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Aki has always been known as a pretty vocal character and has been praised by his teammates in recent weeks for his work behind the scenes in helping to get players ready for the series.

And he’s also struck up an unlikely friendship with none other than England captain, Owen Farrell.

 “I think a lot of my videos on Instagram are me beating him at FIFA and he doesn’t like it!” Aki told us.

“But honestly, I’ve learnt so much off that guy. I didn’t think I’d get along with him so well. Obviously you only know him from across the pitch, you only know him when you’re playing against him.

“But the standards he’s been doing when I’m not selected, and the way he’s been approaching me as a person and as a player, he’s literally hanging around with us every single day, which is cool, because you don’t see that side of him.

“He’s a great bloke to have around, I’ve learnt so much off him. Like I said, I have enjoyed my time being here.”