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Monday 17 December 2018

'This is awkward' - Ronan O'Gara says Simon Zebo's move to Racing 92 is 'no done deal'

Simon Zebo may be joining Donnacha Ryan and Ronan O'Gara in Paris next year
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Racing 92 assistant coach Ronan O'Gara has claimed that four French Top 14 clubs are chasing Simon Zebo's signature and reports that he is set to join him in Paris may be premature.

The 27-year-old announced on Monday that he would be leaving Munster at the end of the season and O'Gara's side were identified as the favourites to secure his talent.

Zebo's move to the continent has seen his international career ended, or suspended, by Joe Schmidt who omitted him from his squad for next month's autumn internationals against Fiji, South Africa and Argentina.

The IRFU's unwritten rule of preference given to players based within the four provinces has seen the Kiwi jettison Zebo to focus on players who will be at his disposal at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

In his column in today's Irish Examiner, O'Gara confirmed that Racing 92 are interested in the Corkman but reports that the deal is done are wide of the mark.

"This is awkward. There seems to be a presumption that Simon Zebo is moving from Munster to Racing 92 next season," he said.

"I've been even called the equivalent of Tadhg Kennelly! This much I know. Simon Zebo will move to France's Top 14 after this season. Yes, we are in the frame.  But this is a fast-moving story and as late as last night I was told there are four Top 14clubs seriously interested in acquiring his services and more than willing to flash the cash to do so.

"Until his club of choice says he's coming. until Simon signs something, there are no other facts I can confirm. I'm not being clever.

"Racing want Zebo, but until someone tells me otherwise, it's no done deal."

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