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Bundee Aki to miss Barbarians games as he prepares for surgery

The 27-year-old will miss the Barbarians’ upcoming games against England and Ulster this summer.

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CONNACHT’S BUNDEE AKI is set to miss the Barbarians’ upcoming fixtures this summer, as he prepares to undergo surgery for an ongoing shoulder injury this week.

The 27-year-old was called up to the squad last month, with the BaaBaas scheduled to take on England on Sunday 28 May, before facing Ulster on Thursday 1 June.

But today’s news means the Connacht centre, who becomes Irish-qualified in October, will miss out on a chance to get a flavour for international rugby.

He is expected to make a return in time for the 2017/2018 season.

Earlier this season, Aki struggled to recover from an ankle injury after undergoing surgery in December. He finally made a return to the Connacht fold in February ahead of a Guinness Pro12 clash against Benetton Treviso.

Aki was unavailable for Connacht’s Champions Cup play-off semi-final defeat to the Northampton Saints over the weekend, due to suspension.

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