Simon Zebo says decision to quit Munster will hit home Friday

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


Simon Zebo says decision to quit will hit home Friday

Simon Zebo - Who will play his last game in Cork on Friday night

SIMON Zebo admitted Friday night’s Conference A top-of-the-table Guinness Pro14 clash with Glasgow Warriors will be tinged with sadness for him.

Zebo, who swaps Munster for Racing 92 next summer, is set to make his final appearance for the province in Cork at Musgrave Park, 7pm (Live on Sky Sports).

Zebo admitted that his decision to switch to Paris is likely to hit home for him at full-time on Friday.

Zebo said: “​It’ll be definitely sad. It’ll probably start to hit home when the final whistle goes a little bit, how the days are ticking and counting down unfortunately.

“Hopefully we can end it with a win, at least I will have a smile on my face if we win. But if we lose it will be a bit of a double whammy. That’s something I don’t want. I'll just do what I have been doing all season.”

Zebo hasn’t featured for Ireland since announcing his decision to move to the Top 14.

The full-back insists watching Ireland’s progress through the 6 Nations Championship from a distance hasn’t been as bad as he envisaged.

Zebo said: “It has been okay. I have had the experience of sitting on my sofa in the November series. It hasn’t been as bad as I would have thought.

“Obviously, you would love to be representing your country and running out with the lads. And giving it socks during the Six Nations because they are really special games.

“I have come to terms with my decision and what comes with it as of now. I just wish all of the lads up there (in Ireland camp) the best. You never know what could happen in the future.”

Zebo is not giving up on the possibility of playing for Ireland in the future.

“Potentially yeah. I am still young enough, it’s not like I will be coming back, if I did decide to come back, at 33 or 34.

“I am still only 27, so if I do come back then I would have no doubt that if I am playing well that I would have a chance.”

Munster will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing weekend defeat to Cardiff Blues when they host Glasgow on Friday.

Zebo said of Glasgow: “They are in form and they have so many players missing with Scotland. It just shows the strength and depth that they have as a squad. They are going to be a really tough team to play against.” 

Also, winger Ronan O’Mahony is to have a scan to assess a shoulder knock sustained against Cardiff.