Irish Rugby Release Huge Bundee Aki Statement Following Rumours Of Connacht Exit
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The IRFU and Connacht Rugby have today confirmed that Bundee Aki has signed an IRFU contract extension which will see him continue his career at Connacht for another three years to the end of the 2022/2023 season, ending all speculation of a possible exit.
Aki made his international debut against South Africa in November 2017 has gone on to win 23 Ireland caps scoring four tries. He played a starring role in Ireland’s 2018 campaign which saw him start in every game of the Grand Slam Six Nations campaign.
Aki was also selected for the Rugby World Cup in Japan playing against Scotland, Russia and Samoa.
The 29-year-old signed for Connacht in 2014 and played a key role in the province securing the PRO12 title in 2016. He has represented Connacht on 92 occasions scoring 18 tries.
David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,
“Bundee has added significant value to both the Ireland and Connacht environments. He has performed at a consistently high level, is a leader and has a positive impact on younger players around him with his insight and the professionalism and diligence of his preparation. We are delighted that he will continue to play a positive role in Irish rugby for years to come.”
Bundee Aki commented,
“I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to represent both Connacht and Ireland and am delighted to extend my IRFU contract. The whole of Connacht have been incredibly supportive of both me and my family and the Ireland supporters have been fantastic since I was selected for the national squad. I want to play my part in helping Connacht achieve their ambitious plans in the years to come.”