Simon Zebo Admits His Ireland Career Is Pretty Much Over
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Done and dusted.
Munster star Simon Zebo reckons is Ireland career is pretty much over. The Corkman says he doesn’t expect a call from Joe Schmidt under any circumstances during the Six Nations. And when he moves to France you can forget about it.
Zebo is set to sign for French giants Racing 92 at the end of the current season, and has been frozen out by Schmidt ever since a move abroad was confirmed. Even if Ireland suffer an injury crisis at the Six Nations, Zebo isn’t too hopeful.
“I would imagine not, to be honest,” Zebo said when asked if he expected a recall under any circumstance.
“I am here now and playing now, and I am not involved. If I was abroad I would imagine there would be an even slimmer chance of me playing.
“Rugby is a very short career. Playing in France is always something I wanted to do from day one. I will get my life experience. I will get my rugby experience and one day I might take it back here with me and see out my days with Munster.
“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.”
Zebo has openly supported Ireland since being dropped, but admits it’s still hurts him not being involved.
“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 the best. You never know what could happen in the future. I have made my decision. I don’t regret it.”
“I would have thought there have been players before who have left and played. But it comes down to form and how you are going,”