‘I overreacted to news of Lam’s departure’ – Aki

Date published: December 22 2016

Connacht centre Bundee Aki has admitted he overreacted to the news that the Irish province's coach Pat Lam would leave his job at the end of the season.

Aki took to Twitter to vent his frustration at Lam's impending departure, tweeting 'feeling p*ssed'. This, after Lam told the Connacht squad that he would be parting wayswith them a year early to take over the reins at Premiership side Bristol.

Lam signed Aki from Super Rugby outfit the Chiefs in 2014 and although the player was initially disappointed that the coach would be leaving, he has come to terms with the decision now.

"Certainly I think I over-reacted,"  told The42.ie

"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.”