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Published: 17:21 | 18/10/17

Zebo still mulling over next move


Munster and Ireland full-back Simon Zebo has yet to make a decision on his future but says he wants to play Top 14 rugby in France at some point.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, which has alerted the interest of French Top 14 side Pau, but he could be tempted to sign a new deal with Munster if he was offered an IRFU national contract rather than a provincial deal.

"I'm still deciding what I'm going to do in terms of my family and my future and it will probably take a little bit of time," Zebo said.

"At some time in my career [I hope to play in France], it just depends when. It could be at any level or anytime, but at some stage, yeah.

"Munster is the creme de la creme when it comes to club rugby and I'm very happy to be spending my time here at the moment.

"If something changes or if I have a different motive for moving I'll see, but for now I'm just committed to playing as best I can on the pitch."

Munster face Racing 92 on Saturday in the second round of European Rugby Champions Cup games, and Zebo is looking forward to playing under the lights at Thomond Park.

"We need a big performance and to hit the ground running from the get-go," he continued. 

"And definitely there's no better place to play. A night-time kick-off at Thomond Park in European rugby, it just doesn't come any better. 

"It's the atmosphere. You can't compare it to anywhere else - it's just so different. 

"There's an air about the place, it could be anything, a forward pass, a knock-on, they scream as loud as if it was an end to end seven-pointer. 

"It's probably daunting for opposition to come here but it's incredible for us, like a 16th man.

"You have to be out on the pitch to appreciate what it’s like."

The second round of the European Rugby Champions Cup takes place this weekend, and you can watch the best of the action on BT Sport 2 on the eir Sport package. On Friday, 20 October, Pro 14 pacesetters Scarlets meet Premiership side Bath at Pairc y Scarlets on BT Sport 2 [kick off 7.45pm]. On Saturday, 21 October, Top 14 champions Clermont host Northampton [kick-off 3.15pm], while Saracens meet Ospreys later on Saturday evening [kick-off 7.45pm]. On Sunday, 22 October, Wasps face Harlequins in an all-Premiership fixture [kick off 7.45pm].

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