Saturday 20 October 2018

Copeland sad to be leaving Thomond

Copeland has had some injury-interrupted spells in recent seasons after he signed from Cardiff Blues in 2014. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Copeland has had some injury-interrupted spells in recent seasons after he signed from Cardiff Blues in 2014. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster back-row Robin Copeland says he will miss lining out for Munster at Thomond Park after he waved goodbye to the home support following their quarter-final victory over Edinburgh last weekend.

Copeland, Simon Zebo and Gerbrandt Grobler all signed off on their time at the Limerick venue with a hard-fought win over the Scottish outfit, while the trio were applauded off the field for the last time by their team-mates and supporters.

Copeland has had some injury-interrupted spells in recent seasons after he signed from Cardiff Blues in 2014, but this season the supporters have seen the most of his talents, and he thanked them for their kind words and warm farewell.

"I got a warm reception after Zeebs was finished taking all the limelight there," said Copeland.

"It was great the fans gave me a great send-off, which was really nice. I had some really nice messages through the week as well, which really means a lot to me.

"I'm sort of gutted to be leaving. Running out there and hearing that crowd, knowing the history that's here and putting on that jersey: it is special and I'll miss it a lot when I go, definitely."

Copeland will join Connacht this summer and Zebo is off to Racing 92, but both players are expected to play a big part in next Saturday's game at the RDS. Zebo said it was tough to say goodbye.

"It was difficult but very enjoyable. It was difficult to come to the realisation that this is my last game here for while, for the time being.

"I enjoyed every minute of it and it was a day I'll never forget," added Zebo.

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