IRFU Clear Up Bundee Aki’s Situation Following Three-Game Ban
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Bundee Aki will continue to train with the Ireland squad ahead of their Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash with New Zealand despite being handed a three-game ban yesterday.
Ireland are still contemplating an appeal but even if that is successful it is unlikely he will be available to take on the All Blacks on Saturday.
Assistant coach Simon Easterby says that’s “partly due to the time” an appeal could take.
“I guess at the moment we have to (rule him out), partly due to the time it could take,” said Ireland assistant boss Simon Easterby.
“We like to have as much clarity as possible early in the week.
“It’s now Tuesday, we had travel yesterday so we were a little limited in terms of time on the pitch.
“We’ve been here before, but at the moment you have to take the course of action that Bundee won’t be available.”
Ireland have 48 hours after receiving the written judgement to appeal the decision.
“Until we’ve seen the report we don’t know what rolls into that decision,” Easterby added.
“We’re disappointed because Bundee is a big part of the squad, so we’re disappointed for him.
“He’s nowhere near a dirty player. He was sanctioned on the day, and we lost him for a large chunk of the game.
“So we’re disappointed with lots of different things, but mainly for Bundee.
“We’re lucky that we have a real good group of players in that midfield, but he’s one of those and we’d be disappointed if we don’t get to use him.”