Published: 15:20 | 29/11/19

Aki agrees new contract


Bundee Aki will remain with Connacht until the end of the 2022/23 season after signing a new three-year central contract extension.

Aki has proven a pivotal figure in Connacht’s rise since joining from Super Rugby outfit Chiefs back in 2014.

He was a key member of the squad that won the 2016 PRO12 title and has scored 18 tries in 92 appearances to date.

He forced his way into the Ireland squad and made his debut in the 38-3 victory over South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in 2017. He has since scored four tries in 23 appearances.

Speaking of the new deal, the 29-year-old 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 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."

Connacht head coach Andy Friend expressed his delight that the negotiations had been concluded successfully.

"Bundee has been an incredible player for Connacht since his arrival at The Sportsground,” he said.

"He has completely embraced every aspect of life in the west of Ireland and has driven standards among the playing group.

"He shares the ambition that we have for the seasons ahead and what he can achieve as a Connacht player.

"His commitment for a further three seasons is a sign of the energy and passion he has for the province."

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