Zeebs signs-off with Munster

Simon Zebo has announced he will retire at the end of the season. Photo: Brendan Moran

ONE of the legends of rugby, Simon Zebo, will sign-off his brilliant career at the end of the season.

‘Zeebs’, however, is unlikely to be lost to the game.

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

During his time with Munster, the 34-year-old endeared himself to fans ever since his debut as an Academy player way back in 2010.

The Corkman played over 170 times for the province, during which he scored a record 72 tries, including 35 in the Champions Cup, more than any other Irish player.

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Zebo first represented Ireland in 2012 and helped his country to the Six Nations Championship three years later, a season in which he also featured with the Lions.

His statement read: “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.

“Lots of Love. Zeebs”

Munster, who are holders of the URC title in which the imminent retiree was a key performer, said it will pay full tribute to Zebo in the coming weeks.