Simon Zebo Has Munster & Ireland Fans Asking Questions With This Instagram Post
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When Simon Zebo announced early last season that he would be leaving his hometown club Munster to pursue a career in France with Top 14 giants Racing 92 – a lot of us were left shocked by the decision.
Zebo was a regular for Munster and very much a part of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland plans heading into a Rugby World Cup season. But the opportunity to move to Paris proved to be too much, and Munster and Ireland had lost a key player at just 28-years-old.
A season before that Munster and Ireland lost Donnacha Ryan, once again to Racing 92 – but could a third man be added to list? Zebo has us all wondering after this latest Instagram post that features Racing players Donnacha Ryan, Finn Russell and Zebo having a spot of dinner in France with none other than Conor Murray.
Now in reality – Zebo is likely just trolling us with his #recruitment hashtag, but that hasn’t stopped us wondering what if? Murray’s contract expires in September of next year, and while the IRFU are reportedly prepared to make him Ireland’s highest paid player, they would be unable to match the kind of cash Racing could offer the scrumhalf.
He’s also previously stated he would potentially be open to leaving Munster for a move to “London or France.”
“It is something I would think about,” Murray said back in January
“Playing abroad would be appealing and it would be a cultural, lifestyle change. It would be either London or France and there’s an attraction to both. The competitive side of me means that, if I moved, I’d have to go to a good team with ambitions.”
“There’s a lot to consider. Getting into the international set-up is great but the real mark is how long you last. Money? We’re not badly looked after here. It is a really nice decision, a privileged decision.”
Given Murray’s status as one of the world’s best – he could easily command a salary of 1 million + a season in France, a price a team like Racing could easily afford. Hopefully he signs on to stay with Munster, but at this stage – we simply cannot rule anything out.