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New guitarist Bundee Aki has vowed that the greatest pressures will help Ireland strike the right World Cup chords.
Connacht centre Aki has flourished in Ireland colours, and now the 21-cap star is determined to crank through the levels to push Joe Schmidt’s men back to their very best.
The 29-year-old battering ram midfielder is learning the guitar off the field, but Ireland will have the fine tune their efforts on the pitch after their shock 19-12 loss to Japan last time out.
Aki believes Ireland can hit back and reach the quarter-finals – starting with a statement performance and victory in Thursday’s clash against Russia in Kobe.
“Obviously I think everyone had a setback there, but as a team we always focus on ourselves and what’s in the circle,” said Aki, running the rule over the loss to Japan.
“That’s the beauty of this team: when the pressure’s on and everybody’s putting us down, we step up to the plate.
“And I think we’ll try to get more consistent performances coming forward.
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“We’ve got two hard games coming up. So we’ve just got to worry about ourselves and make sure we do what we need to do to get the results.”
Aki is back at inside centre for Ireland’s clash with the muscular Russians, where victory would push h
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