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Thursday 8 December 2016

Simon Zebo: I'm fit and want to win my place back into Joe Schmidt's side

In-form Simon Zebo scored another try for Munster
In-form Simon Zebo scored another try for Munster

Simon Zebo says his primary objective is to play his way back into Ireland coach Joe Schmidt's plans.

Having started nine consecutive Ireland games, Zebo was dropped for the crucial, final Six Nations game against Scotland and with the competition for places on the wing fiercer than ever he knows the scale of the task.

"It was probably my first season when I had been able to play throughout the whole season without either breaking both my feet or coming up with injury," Zebo explains.

"As he (Schmidt) said, I was showing a little bit of wear and tear.

"I wouldn't have been as sharp in the Wales game as I would have liked to be. I was probably a bit tired towards the end of the season which was disappointing but normal.

"I feel really fresh now, excited and hopefully my best rugby will come out."

Competing with other versatile wingers like Keith Earls, Luke Fitzgerald and Fergus McFadden makes Zebo's task to make the 31-man squad more difficult but he is quick to remind everyone of his ability to play across the back three.

The return of Andrew Trimble from injury is a stark reminder of Ireland's strength in depth but Zebo has never been short on confidence.

"I think they (coaching staff) know I can do a job at full-back at this stage, I don't need to plead my case," the 25-year old insists.

3Simon Zebo was speaking at the launch of the new adidas Munster Rugby kits, available in Life Style Sports nationwide.

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