Sport

Zebo to leave Munster at the end of season

Munster Rugby

Munster have announced a shock decision by Simon Zebo to leave the province at the end of this season.

It is understood he will join former teammates, Ronan O’Gara and Donnacha Ryan at Racing 92.

A number of European teams had expressed interest in the 27 year-old winger, with the IRFU unable to match their offers.

In a statement Zebo says that he always intended to play club rugby abroad at some point.

“This club has moulded me into the player and person I am today and I will forever be grateful for that.  It has always been my dream to play for my home club, wearing the red jersey while representing my family, friends and local community.

“However, I have always noted the draw to play abroad one day, and in not taking this decision lightly I have decided on what’s best for my family.  With my partner Elvira and two young children, Jacob and Sofia, we are planning for our future and this is the right time for us to make the move.

“Working closely with the IRFU we put ourselves in the best position possible with an excellent offer, and while we are largely successful in retaining our best players within the Irish system we know it is out of our hands on this occasion. “We are hugely disappointed to see Simon leave but we wish to thank him for his immense contribution to the province and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

“As much as I will miss everything about this place – the players, staff, supporters and friends for life – I know there are many more special nights in Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park to be had.  I will continue to enjoy wearing my jersey with pride and will give my all in making sure Munster are successful this season.”

Munster Rugby CEO, Garrett Fitzgerald has thanked the Cork man for his contribution to the province.

“Working closely with the IRFU we put ourselves in the best position possible with an excellent offer, and while we are largely successful in retaining our best players within the Irish system we know it is out of our hands on this occasion.

“We are hugely disappointed to see Simon leave but we wish to thank him for his immense contribution to the province and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

Zebo has represented Munster 124 times, making his debut in 2010.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Most Popular

To Top

Powered by themekiller.com anime4online.com animextoon.com apk4phone.com tengag.com moviekillers.com