Sunday 23 September 2018

'It's head-turning' - Conor Murray won't rule out following Simon Zebo in moving away from Munster

Conor Murray, left, and Simon Zebo of Munster share a laugh as team-mate Dave Kilcoyne is interviewed on the big screen after the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 2 match between Munster and Racing 92 at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Conor Murray, left, and Simon Zebo of Munster share a laugh as team-mate Dave Kilcoyne is interviewed on the big screen after the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 2 match between Munster and Racing 92 at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Conor Murray is not ruling out following his best friend Simon Zebo in moving abroad when his contract expires after the next World Cup.

“I'm signed until the end of the World Cup. It's head-turning. You have to weigh up your options and see where you stand. We're very well looked after here at the moment.

“It's a lifestyle choice for Simon as well so you would have to see where you are. I'm focusing on my rugby until then.”

He knows there is a risk in terms of jeopardising international selection but he still hopes that Simon Zebo can still wear a green shirt after he leaves Munster next summer.

“I hope he is still considered for selection, it's not my decision to make. He's one of my best mates and it would be nice to still play with him in a green jersey.

“He is unbelievable and has that x-factor. As a rugby player he is very intelligent and his positional sense at full-back has improved unbelievably.

“He has worked himself into a position wherre Joe trusts him. That's a decision for Joe Schmidt obviously but from my selfish point of view, I'd love him to play.

“Simon would as well but he knows the risks. He would like to keep playing for Ireland but he knows the risks.

“I can see the risk to the IRFU that more players might move abroad if they know they can play for Ireland.

“But then on the other side, if you're good enough the argument might be you can still play for Ireland. There hasn't been an official rule but there has been aan underestanding.

“Simon knows that and it would be tough for him to take as a proud Cork man and a proud Munster man.

Conor Murray was speaking at an event for Vodafone

 

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