Ireland vs Samoa
11:45am Saturday 12th October
Since they target a place at the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, bundee Aki was backed to place Ireland tempo against Samoa on Saturday.
Aki capable on grounds to get Ireland and was born in Auckland to Samoan parents joined Connacht at 2014.
The center will take on Samoa full-back Tim Nanai-Williams in Fukuoka and the likes of friend but was tipped to thrive on that pressure.
James Ryan hailed for pushing on his team-mates to greater heights with his approach, Aki, setting a physical and psychological tone for other people to follow.
He leads with his activities when he performs ; he places in large strikes, he makes big carries, said Ireland and Leinster lock Ryan.
Hes a really simple man to follow in that respect. The way he plays is actually led in by him.
If he puts in a big strike or goes ahead with the ball, then I think that it gives everybody a lift. So the longer we can get this being done by him .
Ever since he arrived in, Bundee has added real value.
He is really looking forward to this week. He fulfilled a couple of the Samoan boys yesterday (Wednesday) to get a little bit of food.
On the pitch, he brings a real physical edge and he is so combative. Off it, hes great craic, he able to have everything and a laugh. He has been since he has come in
Aki will reprise his older Connacht center partnership with good friend Robbie Henshaw, who plays his first game after overcoming a hamstring injury.
While Tadhg Beirne begins with Peter OMahony on the bench jordan Larmour starts at full-back for Ireland with Rob Kearney having not trained entirely at Tuesday coaching session.
Aki has pledged to treat facing this weekend to Samoa the identical way he took on his native New Zealand back in November.
Ireland saw the All Blacks 16-9 in Dublin, together with a part being produced by Aki.
A performance today would help steer Ireland having a struggle against New Zealand or South Africa in the offing, to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Skills trainer Richie Murphy disclosed Aki has grown into one of Irelands older leaders, throwing himself as heavily to community life in Galway as his or her stunt.
From a coachs point of view, it has his resilience and capacity to have the ability to play each week, explained Murphy.
Weve had a scenario in which himself, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose and Chris Farrell have been battling it out to all those positions, but Bundee is the 1 man who has likely been available the majority of the time.
It has been wonderful to have himhes come into the set and fitted in really well.
He adores living down in Galway, he is a big part of the community down there, but inside the group he has taken a huge stride on this season and is getting into leadership roles. He drives 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, 7 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, two 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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