Aki admits he over-reacted to news of Pat Lam's Connacht departure

The Connacht centre made his feelings clear on Twitter after hearing the news.

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BUNDEE AKI HAS admitted he over-reacted to Pat Lam’s shock decision to step down as Connacht coach at the end of the season.

Aki tweeted ‘feeling p*ssed’ after Lam called the squad together earlier this month and announced he was leaving the Sportsground a year early to take up a deal with Bristol.

Aki, in big demand after being named Pro12 player of the season in Connacht’s march to glory, had weeks earlier signed a new three-year contract extension.

Lam had brought Aki to Connacht from New Zealand but now the 26-year old says he has come to terms with the decision and is looking forward to his future at the Sportsground.

“Certainly I think I over-reacted. Pat has had a big influence on all of the boys, and especially myself, he has really improved my game.

“You have got to move on in rugby. That’s part of why people come and go and you have to enjoy every partnership you have and every professional you play with,” said Aki, who was speaking at a charity event for Cope Galway.

Aki will become Irish qualified next year but at the moment he is concentrating on getting Connacht’s defence of their Pro12 crown back on track in the festive derbies away to Ulster tomorrow and at home to Munster next week.

Their last-gasp win over Wasps at the weekend gives them a great opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup for the first time when they host Zebre and travel away to Toulouse in their final pool games.

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