Monday 19 March 2018

Zebo sets his sights on Test team after Lions call-up

Zimon Zebo: Lions call
Zimon Zebo: Lions call

Rugby Ruaidhri O'Connor and Conor George

SIMON ZEBO began his long journey from Texas to Australia with a place in the Lions Test team top of his agenda.

The Munster winger was "over the moon" at getting his belated call-up from Warren Gatland on Saturday night after he played 75 minutes for Ireland in their 15-12 win over the US Eagles in Houston.

He will serve as cover for Tommy Bowe (pictured below), who broke a bone in his hand against the Queensland Reds on Saturday, but won't be satisfied with that role.

Ulster winger Bowe underwent surgery yesterday to stabilise the bone fracture, and will be assessed over the next few days.

It is hoped that Bowe's rehab will not end his tour, and the coaches will give him every opportunity to remain with the squad even if he misses the first Test.

Zebo could make his Lions debut as early as Saturday, and the 23-year-old is gunning for a Test spot.

"With such a great opportunity you don't want to go over and just be another number – (you want to) be a starter in the Tests. Hopefully I can show what I can do," he said.

"I'm absolutely over the moon. It is the best news I could ever have dreamed of. The ultimate goal is to be a Lion.

"I would be pretty positive. You don't get many shots at this, so you have just got to go out and back yourself, give it everything you have got."

Meanwhile, troubled Queensland full-back Kurtley Beale will be officially added to the Australia squad this afternoon when the Wallabies confirm their roster for the Test series.

However, controversial Reds team-mate Quade Cooper will not be included. see pages 14-16

Irish Independent

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