Johann Van Graan Responds To Talk Of Simon Zebo Returning To Munster
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Never say never.
Munster head coach Johann van Graan was asked about the possibility of Simon Zebo returning to Munster this week and has seemingly left the door open for that to potentially happen.
Zebo started at fullback for Racing over the weekend as they booked a spot in this year’s Heineken Champions Cup final with a 19-15 win over holders Saracens in Paris, but with his contract up at the end of the new season, the Corkman has been linked with a possible return home.
Racing are already said to be in talks in with Argentinian fullback Emiliano Boffelli as a potential replacement and while a move to the MLR might be tempting, the 30-year-old has previously stated he would like to play for his home province again before retiring.
Asked about Munster’s stance this week, van Graan said Zebo is “doing brilliantly” at Racing and is well suited there – but noted that the “future is very uncertain right now.”
“Zeebs is doing brilliantly at Racing. It suits him very well. We wish them all well for the Champions Cup final,” van Graan said.
“Zeebs and Donnacha are class players and they showed that once again. The future is very uncertain right now, at this stage. We will take it day by day and week by week.”
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Munster already have Shane Daly, Mike Haley and Matt Gallagher to fill in at fullback but there’s no doubt if Zebo became available the province would take a close look. Zebo himself remained coy on his future in an interview with BT Sport last month.
“I love playing with Racing 92,” he said.
“We’ve got some great players who are playing at the top of their game, so it’s a very exciting team to be a part of at the moment.
“I’m just going to try and focus on getting healthy and getting back on to the pitch and let the rugby take care of itself for the first half of the season and we’ll see what happens after that.”