There has long been a common misconception that Bundee Aki is not a good passer, but that is slowly changing, thanks to a change in Ireland’s game plan.
Onnacht advocates will tell you that Aki has always been an effective passer, but sometimes in recent years he’s been asked to fill a specific role with Ireland, which means is that we don’t always see that side of his game.
Andy Farrell and Mike Catt have encouraged Aki to express himself more often with the ball in his hand and his continuing to let a player of the caliber of Robbie Henshaw off the team speaks volumes for the coaches to come to terms with. pleased with Aki’s performance.
However, it is clear that criticism of Aki’s playing style has hurt the 31-year-old.
“I’ve hinted at it before, it’s about trying to do the right thing for the team,” said Aki.
“I always have a game going. People have their criticisms and criticisms of the way I play, but it’s just the way I play and try and do what’s right for the team, and what’s best for the team at the time. That is my role”.
When asked directly if he was annoyed by the criticism, Aki replied, “I don’t watch or read anything. That’s what you told me.
“That’s all. I have nothing against it. You guys asked me a question about my passing game and I said I’ve always understood it.
“That’s how I do everything about what’s best for the team.
“I’m playing what’s best for the team and doing what’s best for the team. If I need to run, I need to run.
“If I need to pass, I need to pass, if I need to kick, I will kick.
“I just do what’s best for the team and what is asked of me in the team.”
Aki will be central to Ireland’s match planning for Scotland tomorrow, be it passer or a running threat, especially with Blair Kinghorn starting at half-time.
Tomorrow will also see Aki reunite with his Connacht teammate Mack Hansen in the Irish backline.
Ahead of Hansen’s international debut against Wales earlier at the Six Nations, Aki hosted a video from Hansen’s family back home in Australia, which was treated to a treat.
“It was Andy (Farrell)’s idea that he came up with,” Aki insisted.
“Having your limited first time on an international level is special and to make it even more special because of our situation and the bubble we’re in, Andy tries to make it even more special. be as special as possible.
“The way the coaches and leadership team approached myself and Jack (Carty) to put something together, I think it was kind of unbelievable and you can see the emotions that went into it. spent Mack that night as he was presented with the jersey and the videos shot through, how much it meant to him.
“It’s just something special and exciting to be able to do for a player and a team-mate. It’s the same with Michael Lowry, so it’s really good. ”
Aki is expecting Hansen to shine tomorrow, when he returns to the Ireland squad, which he was eliminated in the win over England last weekend.
“He is such a good guy,” he added.
“I think if you asked anyone on the team about Mack Hansen, I wouldn’t think anyone would say anything bad about him.
“He is a quick learner. He’s there asking questions, figuring out how to do things, obviously because it’s different (with Connacht) and he’s the type of guy that will make sure he gets his job done and everything he has to. Do in the game is spot on.
“That’s Mack’s way. He’s not afraid to ask a question or figure out what’s going on or how to do it better.”
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