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Aki extends stay at Connacht

Aki extends stay at Connacht

Bundee Aki went head-to-head with Manu Tuilagi in the 2019 Guinness Six Nations opener. ©Inpho

  • Bundee Aki has signed a new three-year deal
  • Aki has been at Connacht since 2014
  • He was part of the Ireland team that won the Grand Slam in 2018

Ireland centre Bundee Aki has signed a new three-year deal at Connacht keeping him in Galway through to the 2022/23 season.

The 29-year-old has been with Connacht since 2014, making his international debut in 2017. He was part of the Ireland side that won the Grand Slam the following year and started every game of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.

At provincial level, Aki made an immediate impression, winning the Player of the Season award when Connacht won the Guinness PRO12 in 2016.

And the centre was thrilled to have been able to extend his time in Ireland as he looks to feature under new head coach Andy Farrell.

He said: “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 from the very first day I was selected for the national squad. Connacht has become home to me and my family and I want to play my part in helping Connacht achieve their ambitious plans in the years to come.”

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Ireland will begin their 2020 Guinness Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Dublin, whom they beat in the opening World Cup pool match in Japan in September.