Thursday 21 November 2019

We’ll be hungry for revenge against French warn Irish stars

Donncha O'Callaghan, Simon Zebo and Peter O'Mahony pictured with students Joanne Moloney and Sarah Fitzpatrick from St. Mary's Secondary School, Mallow during a class on food safety, kitchen skills and healthy eating.
Donncha O'Callaghan, Simon Zebo and Peter O'Mahony pictured with students Joanne Moloney and Sarah Fitzpatrick from St. Mary's Secondary School, Mallow during a class on food safety, kitchen skills and healthy eating.

Ralph Riegel

THREE  Irish rugby stars vowed that the Green Army will bounce back with a vengeance against France in the Six Nations.

Donncha O'Callaghan, Peter O'Mahony and an injured Simon Zebo told an army of admiring transition year students in Cork that Ireland will be on a mission against Les Bleus in Dublin next month.

The trio were helping launch a healthy eating promotion by the restaurant chain, Wagamama, aimed at educating youngsters about the value of a varied, healthy diet.

The promotion, which will also be staged in Dublin and Belfast, was attended yesterday by 20 students from St Mary's College in Mallow, Co Cork.

The youngsters admitted they were pinching themselves in disbelief at having secured such a treasured invite.

But the three rugby stars were in determined mood after the Six Nations disappointment against Scotland.

"No-one was happy with the result or the performance in Edinburgh. We know what we are  capable of and we're determined to deliver a performance against France," Mr O'Callaghan said.

"We owe everyone a good performance just like (in) the Wales match," he added.

The former Christian Brothers College (CBC) star said the mood is now determined in both the Ireland and Munster camps.

His two former Presentation Brothers College (PBC) teammates agreed - though Simon Zebo, with his foot encased in a protective boot, won't face Les Bleus.

"It's mending fast. I'm hoping to get this (protective boot) off shortly," he added.

The injury sustained against England was all the more frustrating for the flying winger because he had been in scorching form for both Munster and Ireland.

The three players were visibly taken aback yesterday by the star struck greeting they received from the Transition Year students.

To the obvious mirth of his teammates and his own embarrassment, Simon Zebo was the primary focus of the 20 odd teenage girls seeking autographs, photographs and a quick chat about Munster and Irish rugby.

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