Wednesday 28 September 2016

Zebo signs new deal to boost Munster

Published 02/02/2016 | 02:30

Munster's Simon Zebo has signed a new two-year deal with the club. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile
Munster's Simon Zebo has signed a new two-year deal with the club. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

Munster have been boosted by news that another of their front-line Ireland international backs has committed his future to the province after Simon Zebo signed a two-year deal to remain at the province.

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The winger had been linked with moves to Pau, Toulouse and Stade Francais in the French press after the World Cup and said he would consider a move abroad, but that interest appears to have cooled in recent weeks as it became increasingly likely that he would remain at his home province.

Zebo joins Conor Murray and Keith Earls in signing a new deal, although unlike his colleagues his contract is with Munster and the IRFU rather than being a central contract with the union.

News that the Corkman will remain in his home province will be welcomed by Munster coach Anthony Foley, while it also helps cool talk of an exodus from these shores in the face of increased interest from England and France.

To date, only Ian Madigan and Marty Moore have agreed deals to go abroad and the number of players still to commit to the cause has dwindled to a few. Of those, Robbie Henshaw remains in discussions with the IRFU and hopes to have his deal done this week, while Jared Payne and Cian Healy are also yet to sign new deals.

Meanwhile, the IRFU are set to confirm that Luke Fitzgerald will miss the Six Nations with a medial knee ligament injury today.

Irish Independent

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