Bundee Aki has what it takes to become a New Zealand international, according to Kiwi legend Richie McCaw.
The Connacht centre has returned from a knee injury and will start in today’s top of the table clash against Pro12 leaders Glasgow at the Sportsgrounds (3pm).
It’s a match that Pat Lam’s men realistically need to win to book a home semi-final place, with Leinster hosting Treviso at the RDS and expected to earn five points.
It was feared that in-form Aki, who played 25 times for the Chiefs in Super Rugby before moving to Ireland, could miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury in last month’s win over Munster.
However, the 26-year-old has been passed fit for the encounter and double World Cup-winning captain McCaw is impressed by the lively inside centre, who will become Ireland-qualified next year.
“It would be quite good for him to come home ‘cos I always thought that when he left, if he’d carried on playing the way he is over here, he would have been knocking on the door as an All Black,” McCaw told RTÉ Sport.
“I don’t think he was going to be that far off so we might have to knock on his door and get him back home.”