Andy Farrell On Whether Or Not Simon Zebo Features In His Ireland Plans

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If Simon Zebo can transfer his current form with Racing 92 to Munster next season when he returns to his home province – it sounds like he’ll definitely be in Ireland boss Andy Farrell’s plans.

Zebo is Munster’s all-time top try-scorer but has not represented Ireland since joining Racing 92 three years ago due to the “unwritten rule” Ireland has when it comes to picking players plying their trade outside the four provinces.

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The 31-year-old making a try-scoring impact off the bench for Racing at the weekend as the Parisian side get set to take on Champions Cup finalists La Rochell in the Top 14 semi-finals.

Speaking following his summer squad announcement yesterday, which didn’t include Zebo, Farrell admitted he has been impressed by Zebo but nothing is guaranteed.

“If he keeps on playing like he did against Stade Francais the other week when he came on to that line and passed the ball out of the back of his hands – that’s the Zebo of old,” Farrell said of Zebo

“I suppose he’s not very old either.

“He’s not been getting much opportunity, a little bit more recently off the bench. He got some game-time at the weekend, I’ve been watching all of his games.

“He’s doing pretty well, he’s in a big semi-final at the weekend. Do they get through to the final? Would he miss some time with us, etc?

“There are other guys who deserve a chance to be in our squad that’s been playing in and around Ireland over the last season that deserve a look.

“Zeebs will come back to Munster in pre-season, we’ll see how hungry he is to start the season well. How good a pre-season he has, how much he settles in as soon as possible.

“He’ll be a great option, because his passing game, his left-footed kicking game is exactly where it was.”