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Simon Zebo Intends To Work Way Into Ireland's 2019 World Cup Squad

Simon Zebo Intends To Work Way Into Ireland's 2019 World Cup Squad

After eight years in the red of Munster, Simon Zebo played his final game for the province against Leinster in Saturday's Pro 14 semi-final.

Defeated 16-15, there will be no fairytale ending for the player now set to start a new chapter of his career with Racing 92.

Although many (including Zebo himself) suspect he will return to Munster one day, the prospect of ever seeing Simon Zebo play for Ireland again isn't really one anybody has entertained.

At 28-years-old, no sooner had Zebo announced his decision to depart the Irish province for the French Top 14, Irish head coach Joe Schmidt all but ended Zebo's involvement.

Having missed out on Ireland's Grand Slam win as a result, in an interview with Donal Lenihan, Zebo is less fatalistic than most about his future in the green jersey.

Surprised by Schmidt's decision to cut him adrift months before he left Munster for Racing 92, it has not dismayed Zebo's hopes of an international return; even if he is playing outside of Ireland:

I'm going to give everything I have.

I'm going to make sure I play really well, do my best to help Racing, but also get picked for that World Cup in 2019. If not, then, I'll wait for 2023.

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Announced slightly tongue-in-cheek, one suspects Zebo is far from convinced that his international career is over for good.

Having seen Johnny Sexton continue his career with Ireland whilst playing with Racing himself, the Cork man is of the belief that he still has something to offer Schmidt's all-conquering Irish team.

You can watch the entirety of Zebo's interview for Against the Head below.

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