Ireland vs Samoa
11:45am Saturday 12th October
As they target a location at the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, bundee Aki was endorsed to set Ireland tempo against Samoa on Saturday.
Aki was created to parents in Auckland but joined Connacht in 2014 and qualified on residency grounds.
The center will take on the likes of near friend and Samoa full-back Tim Nanai-Williams at Fukuoka but has been tipped to flourish on that specific pressure.
James Ryan hailed Aki for pushing against his team-mates to higher heights with his abrasive strategy, putting a bodily and psychological tone for other people to follow.
He leads with his activities when he playshe puts in large hits, he makes enormous conveys, explained Ireland and Leinster lock Ryan.
He is a really simple man to follow in this regard. He leads in how he plays.
When he places in a large hit or goes ahead with the ball, then I think that it gives everyone a lift. So the more people can get him doing that.
Ever since he came in, Bundee has added real value.
Hes really excited about this week. He fulfilled a few the Samoan boys (Wednesday) to get a little bit of food.
On the pitch, he also brings a genuine physical advantage and he is so combative. Off it he able to have a laugh and what else. Hes been since hes come in.
Aki will reprise his Connacht centre partnership that is older after overcoming a hamstring injury with friend Robbie Henshaw, who performs with his first match with the World Cup.
While Tadhg Beirne begins at blindside flanker with Peter OMahony around the bench jordan Larmour begins at full-back for Ireland with Rob Kearney with not trained fully in Tuesdays crucial coaching session.
Aki has vowed to deal with facing this weekend to Samoa exactly the same manner he took on his New Zealand back.
Ireland saw off the All Blacks 16-9 in Dublin, with a starring character being produced by Aki.
A similar performance would help steer Ireland with a battle against South Africa or New Zealand from the offing, into the World Cup quarter-finals.
Skills trainer Richie Murphy disclosed Aki has grown into one of the senior leaders of Ireland, projecting himself intensely to community life in Galway.
From a coachs point of view, it has his strength and capacity to have the ability to play each week, said Murphy.
Weve had a situation where himself, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose and Chris Farrell have been battling it out for those positions, however Bundee is the one man who has probably been available the majority of the time.
It has been wonderful to have him, hes come into the team and fitted in really well.
He really loves living down in Galway, hes a big portion of the community , however, within the group hes taken a significant stride on this year and is becoming leadership roles. He pushes the team both on and off the pitch
Ireland: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Robbie Henshaw,12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray; 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best (c), 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Iain Henderson, 5 James Ryan, 6 Tadhg Beirne, seven Josh van der Flier, 8 CJ Stander.
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Jean Kleyn 21 Luke McGrath 23 Andrew Conway.
Samoa: 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Ah See Tuala, 13 Alapati Leiua, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Ed Fidow, 10 Ulupano Seuteni, 9 Dwayne Polataivao; 1 Logovii Mulipola, 2 Seilala Lam, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 5 Kane Leaupepe, 6 Chris Vui, seven TJ Ioane, 8 Jack Lam (c).
Replacements: 16 Ray Niuia, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Jordan Lay, 19 Piula Faasalele, 20 Josh Tyrell, 21 Pele Cowley, 22 Tusi Pisi, 23 Kieron Fonotia.
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