Nervous Zebo grateful for RWC spot

Date published: September 2 2015

Simon Zebo admits it was a nervous wait to find out if he had made Ireland's World Cup squad, which was announced on Tuesday.

The Munster flyer was one of five back three players included in the squad, after impressing in the World Cup warm-up match against Wales last month.

That was enough to convince Joe Schmidt to select him, despite strong competition from the likes Andrew Trimble, who did not make the squad.

And with the players finding out two days earlier on Sunday whether they had made the final 31, Zebo revealed that it had been a nerve-wracking day.

"I don't think I've ever refreshed my email so much in my life, just hoping for something to pop up. It was a long old day," he told Munster Rugby.

"I spent it wisely by chilling out with my family, trying to get them to take my mind off things, and it worked out well.

"But I was on the phone to a few lads like Conor Murray and Earlsie hoping they hadn't received anything without me!

"These warm-up games have been a lot more expansive, less kicking for territory and things like that.

"It's been easier to go out and express yourself and get your hands on the ball. Whichever way a game is going, if we need to do that I'll get in and hopefully do my thing. If it's not, I'll stay out and help my team on kick chase."