Bundee Aki. James Crombie/INPHO
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Aki returns for Connacht in Champions Cup clash against full-strength Bordeaux

The sides meet in Galway on Friday night.

BUNDEE AKI IS fit to start Connacht’s opening Champions Cup clash with Bordeaux on Friday. 

It will be Aki’s first appearance since Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to New Zealand, having been sidelined with a hamstring injury. With Aki back, Cathal Forde will shuffle across to outside-centre. 

Mack Hansen, meanwhile, starts at full-back.

Another Irish international, Finlay Bealham, also starts having began last weekend’s defeat to Leinster on the bench.

Caolin Blade and JJ Hanrahan continue their half-back partnership. 

Bordeaux, meanwhile, are bringing their front-line stars to Galway, with Damien Penaud and Mathieu Jalibert included in their starting XV. 


  • 15. Mack Hansen 
  • 14. Byron Ralston 
  • 13. Cathal Forde 
  • 12. Bundee Aki 
  • 11. Andrew Smith 
  • 10. JJ Hanrahan 
  • 9. Caolin Blade (C)
  • 1. Denis Buckley 
  • 2. Dave Heffernan
  • 3. Finlay Bealham
  • 4. Darragh Murray
  • 5. Joe Joyce
  • 6. Cian Prendergast
  • 7. Shamus Hurley-Langton
  • 8. Seán Jansen 


  • 16. Tadgh McElroy 
  • 17. Peter Dooley
  • 18. Jack Aungier
  • 19. Niall Murray 
  • 20. Conor Oliver 
  • 21. Michael McDonald 
  • 22. David Hawkshaw 
  • 23. John Porch 



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