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Monday 16 September 2019

'Family first' - Simon Zebo shows what matters most after being dropped by Ireland

Simon Zebo with Munster and (inset) with his kids Jacob and Sofia
Simon Zebo with Munster and (inset) with his kids Jacob and Sofia

Simon Zebo has taken to social media to show what matters to him most after he was dropped by Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

Zebo, 27, announced he will be leaving Munster at the end of the season earlier this week and his international future was immediately put in doubt as, in an unwritten rule, the IRFU do not pick players based abroad.

The Ireland full-back is likely to join fellow Irishmen Donnacha Ryan and Ronan O’Gara at French side Racing 92 at the end of the season.

Zebo was left out of Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad today for the forthcoming autumn internationals while four uncapped players in the 38-man squad were names, including newly-qualified Bundee Aki, Leinster winger Adam Byrne, Munster centre Chris Farrell and former Cork hurler Darren Sweetnam.

Zebo took to social media to show that there are more important things in life.

Family man Zebo spoke of his reasons to leave Munster earlier this week.

"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," he said.

"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.

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"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."


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