Bundee Aki sums up the mood as Pat Lam announces Connacht departure 2 years ago

Bundee Aki sums up the mood as Pat Lam announces Connacht departure

Connacht fans were left reeling on Monday morning over the news that Pat Lam would be leaving the province at the end of the season.

After four memorable seasons with the Westerners, Lam will move onto Bristol. The English outfit are expected to drop down to the second tier after losing all 10 of their Aviva Premiership games this season.

Lam admitted in a statement that his decision to leave the province was one of the 'most difficult decisions of his life'. This will come as little consolation to Connacht supporters though, as they lose the man who guided the province to their first ever Guinness Pro12 title last season.

The news comes shortly after the departure of another key member of the province's coaching staff.

Two months ago, it was confirmed that backs and skills coach Dave Ellis would return to New Zealand to take up a full-time role as skills coach for the Blues.

The news hasn't gone down well with Bundee Aki. Connacht's New Zealand-born centre turned down offers from Bordeaux and Munster in October in order to commit his future to the province by signing a two-year extension.

His two-word, one emoji tweet minutes after the announcement went public seemed to suggest he did not approve of the move in the slightest.