MUNSTER winger Simon Zebo ‘can’t wait’ for Ireland’s rematch with New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday (5.30pm) in the autumn international series.
Zebo scored one of Ireland’s five tries in their historic first ever win over the World Champions in Chicago at the start of the month.
Zebo, who again starts on the left wing against the All-Blacks, says: “I can’t wait. It is going to be a special occasion, getting the chance to play in front of your home fans, family and friends, so very excited about it.
“The game has been a sell-out now for quite a few weeks, so it’s going to be a massive occasion playing the World Champions in your own back garden. The whole squad is excited.
“It’s a huge challenge. They are still the best team in the world. They have something to prove now, so we know they are going to be attacking us from the first minute of the game.
“It will be a very tough physical battle, but I’m sure if we can add 5% to what we did two weeks ago, then we will be in with a chance.”
IRELAND: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster); Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster), Jared Payne (Ulster), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster), Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster); Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary's College/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster), Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (capt), Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster), Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster), CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster), Sean O'Brien (UCD/Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster). Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster), Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster), Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht), Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster), Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster).
NEW ZEALAND: Ben Smith (Otago/Highlanders); Israel Dagg (Hawke's Bay/Crusaders), Malakai Fekitoa (Auckland/Highlanders), Anton Lienert-Brown (Waikato/Chiefs), Julian Savea (Wellington/Hurricanes); Beauden Barrett (Taranaki/Hurricanes), Aaron Smith (Manawatu/Highlanders); Joe Moody (Canterbury/Crusaders), Dane Coles (Wellington/Hurricanes), Owen Franks (Canterbury/Crusaders), Brodie Retallick (Bay of Plenty/Chiefs), Sam Whitelock (Canterbury/Crusaders), Liam Squire (Tasman/Highlanders), Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty/Chiefs), Kieran Read (Canterbury/Crusaders) (capt). Replacements: Codie Taylor (Canterbury/Crusaders), Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury/Crusaders), Charlie Faumuina (Auckland/Blues), Scott Barrett (Canterbury/Crusaders), Ardie Savea (Wellington/Hurricanes), TJ Perenara (Wellington/Hurricanes), Aaron Cruden (Manawatu/Chiefs), Waisake Naholo (Taranaki/Highlanders).
REFEREE: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)