Bundee Aki's awkward reaction to being given Ireland captaincy
New Zealand-born Aki is set to lead a youthful side containing five uncapped players on Wednesday as the Irish kick-off their summer tour of his homeland.
“(I’m) privileged to be here, be a part of this team and to lead the boys out,” Aki told a press conference. “It’s special to do it here, where I played my Super Rugby.
“It is a huge privilege, it’s an honour. A very proud moment for myself and my family.
“A kid from south Auckland, not many opportunities come your way.
“When Faz ( Farrell) asked me to be captain, I stood there for a bit. I obviously thought he was joking!”
Rookie Leinster player Ciaran Frawley has been named at fly-half, with full-back Jimmy O’Brien, prop Jeremy Loughman, lock Joe McCarthy and flanker Cian Prendergast the other international newcomers selected.
“I have been captained by some immense, world-class players – Johnny (Sexton) is obviously one of them, Peter O’Mahony, James Ryan, I can name a few,” continued Aki.
“I will be looking upon them to be able to lean upon and get a few helps.
“I think the fellas have been training very well. James Hume has been playing very well, as well as Frawley.
“For me, it’s just being able to lead by my actions and let those fellas do what they do best, which is play footie.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it, playing alongside them. We’ve had a good few trainings, there’s a lot of relationship (stuff) going on, a lot of work done behind after training.”
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