Monday 16 July 2018

Brian O'Driscoll's rugby app apologises for Bundee Aki post

Bundee Aki of Connacht ahead of the European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool 5 Round 1 match between Oyonnax and Connacht at Stade de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Bundee Aki of Connacht ahead of the European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool 5 Round 1 match between Oyonnax and Connacht at Stade de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
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A rugby app partly-owned by Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll has apologised for a social media post about Ireland's newly-qualified centre Bundee Aki.

O’Driscoll owns 45% of ‘Ultimate Rugby’, an app that provides fans with news, fixtures and information on international rugby teams with the remainder owned by technology entrepreneur, Ray Nolan.

In the post, they asked: 'On a scale of CJ Stander to Guinness, how Irish is Bundee Aki?'

The questions was posed over an image of the New Zealand-born Connacht star with the message: 'Tag a mate who also thinks they're Irish'.

The post has since been deleted and Ultimate Rugby released an official apology over the regarding the post on Thursday.

"All of us at Ultimate Rugby would like to apologise for any hurt caused by the post on our Facebook page regarding Bundee Aki's call up to the latest Ireland squad.

"The image originating from the Instagram account @rugbymemesofficial was reposted to our channel by our young NZ based employee who manages our SH coverage.

"When the rest of the UR team discovered the post, we removed it from our social media channels as we do not condone any of the perceived undertones from the image in question.

"Our employee apologised directly to John Muldoon last night as soon as he became aware of the fall out from the post.

"We would all like to wish Bundee Aki the best for the upcoming November Tests & extend our apologies to anyone who was offended by the post.

"Ultimate Rugby HQ"

Aki recently qualified for Ireland under World Rugby's three-year residency rule and is likely to make his debut in this month's clashes with South Africa, Fiji and Argentina.

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