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Thursday 20 September 2018

'We have a stick of dynamite on our hands' - Bundee Aki named in Will Greenwood's autumn internationals XV

Bundee Aki of Ireland during the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Bundee Aki of Ireland during the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Former England star Will Greenwood has included four Irishmen in his Home Nations XV from the Autumn Internationals.

Tadhg Furlong bolstered his reputation as the form tighthead in world rugby in the victories over South Africa and Argentina and makes the team.

"Not a lot this lad doesn't do. Perhaps the shortest selection debate in the team," Greenwood wrote in his column in the Daily Telegraph.

Conor Murray is selected at scrumhalf after he illustrated his tactical masterclass again this November.

"Murray was supreme again. He has accuracy in his box kicking, strength around the fringes, passing speed and length. Defensive ability to down big lads," Greenwood added.

CJ Stander beat off competition from Scotland's Ryan Wilson, England's Nathan Hughes and Wales' Taulupe Faletau for the number 8 berth.

Greenwood starred in the number 13 shirt for England and was fulsome in his praise for centre Bundee Aki and believes that Ireland's newly-qualified star will cause a host of problems for opponents in the upcoming Six Nations.

"We have a stick of dynamite on our hands here. Aki is a monster who can run and pass, loves the confrontation but does not over-chase the big hit and is aware of his role.

"If you go down his channel, run the ice bath before you do. He has a great work-rate, is a super handler and formed an excellent combination with Chris Farrell against Argentina."

Here is Greenwood's Home Nations XV in full:

1. Mako Vunipola - England

2. Ken Owens - Wales

3. Tadhg Furlong - Ireland

4. Jonny Gray - Scotland

5. Joe Launchbury - England

6. Chris Robshaw - England

7. Hamish Watson - Scotland

8. CJ Stander - Ireland

9. Conor Murray - Ireland

10. George Ford - England

11. Elliot Daly - England

12. Bundee Aki - Ireland

13. Huw Jones - Scotland

14. Jonny May - England

15. Stuart Hogg - Scotland

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