Simon Zebo is granted compassionate leave from Ireland squad to go to grandfather's funeral
Simon Zebo, Ireland's star performer in Sunday's win over Romania, has returned home after the death of his grandfather.
Zebo (inset), fresh from his heroic performance in Ireland's 44-10 World Cup win, heard the tragic news after the game.
The IRFU yesterday confirmed that Zebo had "been granted compassionate leave".
The Munster man returned to Cork to be with his family during the difficult time.
He joined his family yesterday for the removal of his grandfather, which will be followed by a funeral Mass this morning.
Zebo is scheduled to return to the Irish squad later today, according to the IRFU.
It marks a bittersweet few days for the winger turned fullback.
He produced arguably his best-ever performance in a green shirt on Sunday, providing three assists and went over the line for a try, which was disallowed.
After his performance on Sunday, the 25-year-old seems to have secured his starting place against Italy, in London next Sunday.
So far, Zebo has appeared in both Irish wins at the tournament, and was part of the Irish squad which won the Six Nations in March in dramatic fashion.