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Thursday 21 September 2017

Zebo: I'm over the jet-lag and ready to fight for Test spot

14 June 2013; Simon Zebo, British & Irish Lions, during a press conference ahead of their game against NSW Waratahs on Saturday. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013, Press Conference, North Sydney Oval, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
14 June 2013; Simon Zebo, British & Irish Lions, during a press conference ahead of their game against NSW Waratahs on Saturday. British & Irish Lions Tour 2013, Press Conference, North Sydney Oval, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Andrew Baldock

Munster's flying wing Simon Zebo will complete a whirlwind week tomorrow when he dons the famous Lions shirt for the first time and goes into battle and he can't wait.

Simon Zebo will make his Lions debut tomorrow. This time last week, he was preparing to face the US Eagles in Texas.

The 23-year-old arrived in Australia on Tuesday after being summoned as cover for hand injury victim Tommy Bowe, and he has made tomorrow's starting XV, wearing the number 11 shirt.

With George North reporting a tight hamstring against the Combined Country XV three days ago and not training today, Munster back Zebo could even thrust himself into the Test picture if he shines tomorrow.

"It has been nothing but excitement ever since I got out here. I am happy to be here," said Zebo, who had an ice pack strapped to his thigh today, but dismissed any fears about his fitness.

"I think it was three flights I took in total, with a few fuel stops and a few delays. I had a bit of work catching up on my sleep, but I am nearly there now.

"It's an opportunity for all 23 players involved tomorrow. Any time you get to go out and wear that special red jersey it's an honour and a great opportunity.

"These Test series don't come around too often, so any chance you get to represent the Lions you are going to do it with pride and hopefully put your best foot forward for those Test games. That is something we will be looking to do tomorrow night."

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