Former Chiefs and Counties Manukau midfielder Bundee Aki will make his Ireland debut this weekend against South Africa in Dublin.

Aki has recently completed his three-year residency requirements and has been handed his test debut alongside Robbie Henshaw by New Zealand-born Irish coach Joe Schmidt.

The 27-year-old, who plays for Connacht, comes into the side after injuries forced test regulars Garry Ringrose and New Zealand-born Jared Payne out of test.

The combination of Aki and Henshaw played well together in the midfield when Connacht won the PRO12 title in 2016.

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Aki played 26 matches for the Chiefs in 2013-14 and 41 games for Counties Manukau from 2011-2014 before he made the move to Ireland.