‘It’s been some craic’ – Munster and Ireland favourite Simon Zebo calls time on illustrious career

David Skippers
Munster wing Simon Zebo looking on.

Munster wing Simon Zebo looking on.

Munster and former Ireland outside back Simon Zebo has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of this season after an illustrious career.

The 34-year-old will go down as one of the best players to ever represent Munster and he is the province’s record try-scorer with 72 crossings in 173 appearances to date.

Farewell statement

Munster released a statement from Zebo on their official website on Tuesday in which he said: “After much thought, I’ve decided that this season will be my last playing the game I love.

“It has been a dream come true, making memories and friends for life and travelling the world with amazing people.

“A huge thank you to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and supporters – without ye none of this would have been possible. I am truly grateful for all the love and support over the years.

“I’ve loved every second, it’s been some craic and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

“Lots of Love, Zeebs.”

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Zebo made his Munster debut while still an academy player in 2010 and helped them to the Magners League title the following season.

He had two stints at the Irish province and a three-year spell with Parisian outfit Racing 92 from 2018 to 2021.

A huge fans’ favourite, Zebo made his Ireland debut in 2012 and he went on to win 35 caps for his country and scored seven tries at Test level, winning the Six Nations in 2015 and also featured in that year’s World Cup.

He was part of the British & Irish Lions squad on their tour of Australia in 2013 and made three appearances for the famous touring team although he did not win a Test cap.

Prior to swapping Munster for Racing 92 in 2018, Zebo scored 60 tries in 144 appearances for the Irish province.

Success continued in France

His time in France was a big success as he continued his excellent try-scoring record with 25 tries in 60 appearances for the Top 14 club.

Since returning to Munster in 2021, he has scored 13 tries in 29 appearances over the past three seasons, helping Munster to the United Rugby Championship title last year.

Zebo will undoubtably be eager to sign off in style by helping his team retain the URC trophy, with Munster sitting top of the standings ahead of the final round of the regular season.

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