Simon Zebo is determined to land silverware with Munster this season as he gets ready to depart the province in the summer.
The 27-year-old announced in October that he would be setting off in search of a new challenge in France. His destination has not yet been confirmed but the strongest link has been with Top 14 side Racing 92.
Last weekend saw a clean sweep for Irish provinces in the Champions Cup and saw defending champions Saracens take a pummelling from Clermont.
Although, Leinster have emerged as competition favourites following the third round of pool games, Munster will be quietly confident that they can have another good European run in this campaign. Zebo says he would relish the opportunity to go all the way this season.
“Since I started playing rugby and especially here, the goal has always been to win silverware with Munster. Because I’m leaving I’ll put a bit more pressure on the team to do it this year because I won’t have a next year and all the other boys will. It’s something I’ve dreamed of doing and I’m going to do my best to make sure it happens this year.”
It’s been clear to see that the Internationally capped back is playing with a swagger this year, despite being left out of Joe Schmidt’s squad for the November Internationals. Zebo, is trying to enjoy his prime years as much as he can, while he hasn’t ruled out a return to the province in the future.
“I’m embracing my final season here – for a couple of years anyway. Never say never but just trying to enjoy it as much as possible. It’s a short career and it’s flown by so these past couple of years, so every single game means a little bit more to me, so I’m trying to have as much fun as possible.”
The Cork man has always been a fan favourite at Thomond Park, something that hasn’t changed despite the fact that Zebo will soon ply his trade abroad.
“They’ve been incredible, and I would’ve expected nothing less because Munster fans really do stick by their own. You saw it when Paulie (Paul O’Connell) announced he was leaving, or when ROG (Ronan O’Gara) left. The Munster fans really are faithful to their own, I’ve nothing but the upmost thanks to give back to them.”
Watch below as Zebo speaks to the media about a possible return to Munster in the future and his celebration following his try against Leicester.
Pool 4 leaders Munster take on Leicester Tigers at Welford road this Sunday. Kick off 5.30pm.