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Sunday 4 June 2023 Dublin: 18°C

# bundee aki

This year
# Team news
Mack Hansen and Bundee Aki miss Connacht's clash with Glasgow due to illness
Byron Ralston and Cathal Forde start for the western province.
# Back in action
Aki poised for first Connacht appearance since December
A training ground incident led to speculation about Aki’s future at Connacht, but he is available for this weekend’s clash with Benetton.
# Talking Points
Bundee back at 12, Casey's chance, Coombes misses out
Ireland will be without captain Johnny Sexton on the pitch at the Stadio Olimpico.
# Going nowhere
Friend scoffs at reports that Bundee Aki could be on his way to Munster
The Ireland star had been contracted to the end of the World Cup but signed an extension some time ago.
# Out of favour
Connacht 'won’t harm' Aki's Ireland chances, but no guarantee he will play against Newcastle
Ireland centre has not had game-time for his province since the loss to Ulster just before Christmas.
# talismen
Big boost for Connacht with Irish internationals returning for Sharks clash
Bundee Aki, Mack Hansen, and Finlay Bealham are all available again.
Last year
# heavy suspension
Bundee Aki handed eight-week ban following Connacht red card
The centre was sent off for a dangerous clearout during last weekend’s URC defeat to the Stormers.
# Sorry
Bundee Aki 'extremely apologetic' after his red card for Connacht
The Ireland centre was sent off during Saturday’s defeat to the Stormers.
# key men
Connacht bolstered by returns of Hansen, Bealham, Butler and Prendergast
Ireland centre Bundee Aki has been included on the bench.
# Back in action
Connacht's Irish internationals return for their trip to South Africa
Bundee Aki, Mack Hansen and Finlay Bealham are all included in the squad for the games against the Stormers and the Bulls.
# Tribute
Bundee Aki: 'I got emotional - my mum hasn’t seen me play for eight or nine years'
Aki captained Ireland in front of friends and family in Hamilton tonight.
# connacht connection
Bundee Aki on how 'fast learner' Mack Hansen has made his mark in Ireland camp
The Connacht wing is back in the Ireland team for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Scotland.
# Team news
Farrell makes six changes for Ireland's Six Nations clash with England
Johnny Sexton, Hugo Keenan, Andrew Conway, Bundee Aki, Cian Healy, and James Ryan all start.
# centres
Aki, Henshaw, Ringrose and Hume - Farrell spoiled for choice in midfield
The Ireland head coach has a big selection call to confirm in the centres for the Wales clash.
# slap on the wrist
Bundee Aki gets citing warning for 'act of dissent' towards referee Raynal
The Ireland centre will not face a suspension for remonstrating with the French match official.
All time
# Boost
Bundee Aki set to return from injury for Connacht's trip to Leicester
The centre hasn’t featured for the province since picking up a knee injury during the November international window.
# Sidelined
Bundee Aki to miss Connacht's trip to Leinster
The centre is still recovering from a knee injury.
# Familiar faces
'A lot of the boys will be looking forward to reacquainting themselves'
Greg Feek and John Plumtree will be looking to get the better of Ireland’s pack.
# starting XV
Connacht boosted by Aki selection for interpro derby with Munster
Andy Friend has made five changes to the team that lost out to the Dragons a week ago.
# more to come
'He doesn't want that to be the peak of his career' - Aki determined to build on Lions experience
The centre is in line to feature against Munster this weekend.
# Tourists
An up-and-down tour for the Irish Lions could end on a high
Jack Conan, Tadhg Furlong, and Robbie Henshaw have been named to start all three Tests.
# Test Lion
'I've had the best time of my life being part of this group, it's special'
Bundee Aki has earned his chance to become a Test Lion this weekend.
# combination
Lions look for Bundee's physicality and more in midfield with Henshaw
Head coach Warren Gatland has explained his selection decisions for the third Test.
# Support
Aki 'has been brilliant' in helping Henshaw prepare for first Lions Test start
The Leinster and Ireland centre has overcome a hamstring injury to face the Springboks.
# Progress
How are the Irish Lions tracking as the Tests come into view?
There are two more games before Warren Gatland picks his team to face the Springboks.
# Late Changes
Lions lose Itoje and Russell for Sharks game, Aki added to replacements
Courtney Lawes will start in place of his England teammate Itoje.
# experience
Two-time tourist Furlong set for big Lions impact as Aki makes presence felt
The Wexford man was a Test starter last time around in 2017.
# Middle Class
'I really rate Bundee - he was a pain in our backside when I was at Glasgow'
Lions attack coach Gregor Townsend has heaped praise on Ireland’s centre pairing Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki.
# Smells like team spirit
Beers, songs, Josh Adams starring at Fifa and the Aki/Henshaw bromance
Warren Gatland is delving into his box of tricks to build team-spirit in the Lions set-up.
# voice
Connacht backing Bundee Aki to be an 'energy giver' for the Lions
The 31-year-old says he’s grateful to be able to represent the western province on tour.
Henshaw and Aki continue shared journey with Lions
Having previously played together with Connacht and Ireland, the pair are heading on tour to South Africa this summer.
# Rainbow Cup
Aki returns after long absence as Buckley set for 200th Connacht cap
Andy Friend’s side take on Bentton on Saturday.
# Boost
Lions centre Bundee Aki 'chomping at the bit' to make Connacht return
The centre hasn’t played since his red card for Ireland during the Six Nations.
# Tough Calls
It's easy to see the sense in Gatland's side of the Sexton debate
The Ireland captain has paid the price for a frustrating run of injuries.
# heading on tour
'It’s due recognition for a man who has made a lot of sacrifices' - Connacht coach hails Aki's Lions inclusion
It’s 38 years since Connacht last had a representative in the Lions squad.
# Suspension
Bundee Aki gets four-game ban after red card against England
The ban comes as a big blow for Connacht ahead of their clash with Leicester.
# Punishment
Bundee Aki to face disciplinary hearing tomorrow over England red card
The Connacht centre was dismissed during Ireland’s 32-18 win at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
# Bond
'We know each other inside out' - Aki excited to rekindle partnership with Henshaw
The Ireland centre also spoke about CJ Stander’s impending retirement.
# Just in time
Bundee Aki's last minute try seals victory for Connacht in Treviso
Connacht beat Benetton Treviso 19-17 to keep the pressure on Munster in Conference B.
# Ready to go
Bundee Aki set to start for Connacht after release from Ireland camp
Meanwhile, second row Oisin Dowling gets his first start.