Rugby fans have only just discovered Bundee Aki's real name - Ruck

Rugby fans have only just discovered Bundee Aki’s real name

Rugby Union fans feel they have been lied to after discovering Bundee Aki’s real name.

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Aki was born in Auckland on April 7 1990, and grew up in a large family as one of six siblings in Manurewa. The centre attended Manurewa High School and went on to feature in their first team.

The star would work his way up through the Counties Manukau ranks earning himself a Chiefs contract in 2013, where he went on to make 25 appearances for the club and win a Super Rugby title before being coaxed to Connacht in 2014.

The 32-year-old would win the PRO12 with Connacht in the 2015/2016 season resulting in an Ireland call-up a year later after he had qualified through residency.

Aki would also earn selection in 2021 for the British & Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa, where he made one Test appearance for the famous touring side.

Real name:

Contrary to what one might think, Bundee is, in fact, a nickname given to the star. Aki’s birth name is Fua Leiofi owing to his Samoan heritage.

However, the star was called Bundellu after the doctor who delivered him all those years ago. Since then the nickname has been shortened to the “Bundee” most are familiar with.

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