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Ireland vs Samoa
World Cup
11:45am Saturday 12th October

Since they aim a location at the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals bundee Aki was backed to set Ireland tempo against Samoa on Saturday.
Aki was created in Auckland to Samoan parents but joined Connacht at 2014 and capable for Ireland on residency grounds.
The centre will take on the likes of close friend and Samoa full-back Tim Nanai-Williams in Fukuoka but has been tipped to flourish on that particular pressure.
James Ryan hailed for pushing against his team-mates to greater heights with his abrasive approach Aki, putting a psychological and bodily tone for other people to follow.
He contributes with his actions when he plays; he puts in large strikes, he makes big carries, explained Ireland and Leinster lock Ryan.
Hes a really easy man to follow in that regard. He actually leads in the way he performs.
If he places in a major strike or goes ahead with the ball, then I think that it gives everyone a lift. So the more people can get him doing that.
Ever since he came in, Bundee has added real value.
Hes really excited about this week. He fulfilled a few the Samoan boys (Wednesday) for a little bit of food.
On the pitch, he brings a true physical advantage and he is so combative. Off it he is well able to have a laugh and also everything. He has been super since he has come in
Aki will reprise his old Connacht center partnership after overcoming a hamstring injury, with good friend Robbie Henshaw, who performs his first match.
Jordan Larmour starts with Rob Kearney having not trained in Tuesday coaching session, while Tadhg Beirne begins with Peter OMahony on the bench at blindside flanker.
Aki has vowed to deal with confronting this weekend to Samoa the same way he shot his New Zealand back in November.
Ireland saw the All Blacks 16-9 at Dublin, with Aki producing a part.
A functionality today would help steer Ireland into the World Cup quarter-finals, using a battle in the offing.
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 rugby.
From a coachs point of view, it has his strength and ability to have the ability to play every week, said Murphy.
We have had a situation where himself, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose and Chris Farrell have been fighting it out to those positions, but Bundee is the one man who has probably been accessible the majority of the time.
Its been fantastic to have him, hes come into the team and fitted in very well.
He loves living down in Galway, hes a large part of the community down there, however, inside the group hes taken a major stride with this year and is getting into leadership roles. He pushes 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, seven Josh van der Flier, 8 CJ Stander.
Replacements: 23 Andrew Conway, 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Jean Kleyn 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery.
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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