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James Hume will link up with Bundee Aki in an exciting centre partnership

James Hume will link up with Bundee Aki in an exciting centre partnership

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Bundee Aki is ready to rock

Bundee Aki is ready to rock

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James Hume will link up with Bundee Aki in an exciting centre partnership

In the early days of the Maori All Blacks, heritage was important, but it wasn’t exactly top of the agenda when it came to selecting a squad. Nowadays, every player must have their ancestry verified before they pull on the famous black jersey.

Maori culture is a huge part of New Zealand’s identity, and as some of Ireland’s young guns are about to find out in Hamilton tomorrow, they pack a serious punch.


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