Bundee Aki is praised for his role in leading a bitter Irish tribute to the late Sean Wainui.
Born in Auckland, Aki was the first Ireland captain to Maori All Blacks when he returned to Hamilton’s old chiefs stepping stones.
Prior to the emotional haka by Maori All Blacks, Aki stepped out of the Irish line to put the No. 11 Irish jersey on the grass in honor of Wainui.
Wainui, who played for Chiefs and Maori All Blacks, died in a car accident last year, a few days before his 26th birthday.
After Haka, Wainui’s young family entered the pitch with applause from local spectators to receive an Irish jersey.
Despite the high emotions that preceded the game, Maori All Blacks began working in Ireland from the beginning.
They continued to beat the young Irish side By 32-17, it brought Ireland a five-game tour defeat.
After the match, Aki said he was disappointed that his return to New Zealand did not go as planned, but thanked him for his privilege.
He states: To get this honor and privilege to lead this kind of team, I don’t downplay it. It’s definitely a disguised blessing, but it’s a privilege to guide them. “
The Connacht Center went on to say that the young Irish side could learn a lot from the defeat.
Aki states: “Fair play against the Maori All Blacks boys, they fired. They were playing on us from the beginning. They couldn’t advance the game. They naturally won the game. rice field.”
“I learned a lot from this game. There are a lot of new boys here and certainly a lot of young guys to learn. We all learned from this game and based on it in the rest of the series. I will try to build it. “
Aki concludes: “But, as I said, Maori All Blacks was a better team tonight.”
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/rugby-union/9020656/bundee-aki-incredible-gesture-before-maori-all-blacks-ireland/ Bundee Aki was welcomed with an incredible gesture during the Haka before Ireland clashed with Maori All Blacks in New Zealand.