Simon Zebo reveals his hurt at missing out on Six Nations triumph
Munster winger Simon Zebo has expressed his "hurt" at being axed from the Ireland squad for the Six Nations title decider against Scotland in Murrayfield.
Zebo played every minute of the tournament before he was excluded altogether from the match-day 23 for the Murrayfield finale in favour of Luke Fitzgerald.
"Yeah, it did (hurt) I suppose. You can't really say anything to the coaches, it is their decision," said the 25-year-old.
"It was probably the one game where I probably would have thrived.
"It was kind of strange that all the ball seemed to be going out to the wings and I was sitting in the stand.
"I just thought I did everything that was asked of me. It wasn't a tournament where I got loads of ball or got massive opportunities going forward.
"It doesn't really bother me personally because we won the championship and that is the main thing.
"I was happy with how I went. I was doing the basics as I was asked to. That is all I can do.
"It is just one of those things and I am happy to be back playing with Munster. Hopefully I will get my hands on the ball this time."
Zebo returns to the Scottish capital in Munster colours as his side continue their quest for a home Pro12 semi-final when they tackle Edinburgh tomorrow evening.
"It was the probably the one big trophy that I have been a part of and won as a player, and to be part of that was something special and there was a bit of goosebumps," he added.
"There is still a lot of rugby to be played and we need to secure a home semi-final. That will be vital in who comes away with the trophy.
"There are some really big games coming up starting with a massive test this weekend."