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

Since they aim a place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals bundee Aki has been backed to place the psychological pace against Samoa of Ireland on Saturday.
Aki was born in Auckland to Samoan parents but joined Connacht at 2014 and qualified to get Ireland on grounds.
The centre will take on the likes of intimate friend and Samoa full-back Tim Nanai-Williams at Fukuoka but was tipped to flourish on that particular pressure.
James Ryan hailed Aki for pushing against his team-mates to higher heights with his abrasive strategy, setting a psychological and bodily tone for others to follow.
He leads with his actions when he plays; he puts in large hits, he makes enormous carries, said Ireland and Leinster lock Ryan.
Hes a very simple person to follow in this regard. He leads.
If he puts in a major strike or goes forward with the ball, then I think it gives everybody a lift. So the longer we can get him doing this .
Ever since he came in, Bundee has added real value.
He is really excited about this week. He fulfilled a couple of the Samoan boys (Wednesday) to get a little bit of food.
On the pitch, he also brings a genuine physical edge and hes so combative. Off it, he is good craic, he able to have everything else and also a laugh. Hes been since he has come in.
Aki will reprise his Connacht center partnership after beating a hamstring injury, with buddy Robbie Henshaw, who plays his first match.
While Tadhg Beirne starts at blindside flanker with Peter OMahony on the seat jordan Larmour begins at full-back for Ireland using Rob Kearney with not trained fully in Tuesday coaching session.
Aki has pledged to deal with confronting Samoa this weekend the identical way he took on his New Zealand back in November.
Together with a starring role being produced by Aki ireland saw off the All Blacks 16-9 at Dublin.
A similar performance would help steer Ireland having a struggle against South Africa or New Zealand in the offing, into the World Cup quarter-finals.
Skills coach Richie Murphy disclosed Aki has grown into one of Irelands older leaders, throwing himself as intensely into community life at Galway.
From a coachs standpoint, it is his strength and ability to be able to play every week, said Murphy.
Weve had a circumstance where himself, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose and Chris Farrell happen to be battling it out for those places, however Bundee is the one guy who has probably been available most of the time.
Its been fantastic to have himhes come into the team and fitted in really well.
He really loves living down in Galway, he is a big part of the community right down, but within the group hes taken a huge stride on this year and is becoming 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, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 CJ Stander.
Replacements: 23 Andrew Conway, 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Peter OMahony, 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, 2 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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