Former Chiefs rugby star Bundee Aki has been involved in a confrontation on an Irish housing estate after a team-mate’s laptop was stolen.
Aki, who now plays for Connacht in Europe’s Pro 12 League, was alleged to have taken part in an attempt to retrieve a laptop allegedly stolen from Connacht and Irish centre Robbie Henshaw, Irish newspaper the Sunday World reported.
The Sunday World said it had obtained video footage of Connacht team members, including 1.78m and 92kg Aki and halfback Kieran Marmion, “arriving at the door of a family in the Sli Burca estate in Galway seeking the return of the stolen computer”.
Under the headline “Don’t Ruck with Us”, the Sunday World claimed that the police were called to the house during the rugby players’ visit.
Ireland’s Independent newspaper reported that “a young man living at the house told the players he wasn’t aware the laptop was stolen when he purchased it and he would return it to Henshaw”.
The Independent said a confrontation took place outside the house. Police were called and the rugby players left.
The housing estate visit took place last week after Henshaw reported his laptop stolen last Tuesday (NZ Time) after his car’s back window was broken.
The rugby players had traced the computer after using a “Find my Laptop” app.
Henshaw tweeted at the time of the theft: “Not the best way to start my Monday. To whoever stole my bag, I hope you find my economics notes useful #happy reading. I’m getting my mate @Bundeeaki – to investigate and knock your block off.”
The Irish Independent said Aki followed with a tweet saying ‘Whoever broke into @henshawrob’s car, good luck’. That tweet was later removed.
Aki, 26, signed for Connacht in 2014 after playing 47 games for Counties Manukau and winning Super Rugby honours with the Chiefs.
He has had a successful season in Europe, winning the Pro 12 player of the year award.
Connacht finished second in the regular season on points differential to leaders Leinster.
They host the Glasgow Warriors in the semifinals this weekend for the right to play the winner of the Leinster-Ulster clash in the final in Edinburgh on May 29. Connacht’s semifinal has been sold out with all tickets snapped up within an hour of going on sale.