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Joe Schmidt hands Bundee Aki Ireland debut vs. South Africa

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Bundee Aki will make his Ireland debut alongside former teammate Robbie Henshaw as South Africa visit the Aviva Stadium Saturday.

Ireland Joe Schmidt has decided to reunite Aki with his former Connacht colleague for the Dublin clash.

With Simon Zebo left out due to his impending move to France, there is a new look on the wings with Munster's Andrew Conway and Ulster's Jacob Stockdale starting and Darren Sweetnam set for his debut from the bench. 

Ireland team to face South Africa:

Kearney, Conway, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale, Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best, Furlong, Henderson, Toner, O'Mahony, O'Brien, Stander.

Replacements: Herring, Kilcoyne, Ryan, Ruddock, Marmion, Carbery, Sweetnam.

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