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Aisling O'Connor: Why we're all on a winner with 'Zebo Zidane'

Published 05/02/2013 | 17:00

02 February, 2013: Simon Zebo controls the ball with this foot in the build up to Cian Healy's try. Photo: Sportsfile
02 February, 2013: Simon Zebo controls the ball with this foot in the build up to Cian Healy's try. Photo: Sportsfile

AN international star was undeniably born in the 24th minute of Ireland's opening Six Nations tie at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this weekend. His savvy flick being lauded as one of the most extraordinary shows of skill in the history of broadcast rugby, hip Munster man Simon Zebo could prove to have what it takes off the pitch, as well as on it.

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Though the world 'legend' is famously bandied about by rugby fans, in this case it just might fulfil its trajectory. Sunday saw a nation singing songs of praise, with its fledgling idol being added to a jovial online Ten Commandments of Being Irish – 'Thou shalt not worship false idols. There is but one God, and Simon Zebo is his name'.

The exuberant 22-year-old's star has been rising steadily since his debut with Munster in 2011. Renowned for entertaining his teammates with his dance moves, the winger has nicknamed himself 'Django', after Jamie Foxx's slave-hero in Tarantino's latest film.

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