Munster great Simon Zebo announces retirement


Munster's record goalscorer Simon Zebo has announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of the season at the age of 34.

The 35-cap former Ireland international made 173 appearances for the county over two spells, with Racing 92 in between for three years. In that time, he has amassed 72 tries for the Men in Red.

The 2013 British and Irish Tourist of the Year made his Munster debut in 2010, winning the Magners' League a year later, before leaving Thomond Park in 2018 for Paris.

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The winger added more silverware to his tally last season with Munster winning the United Rugby Championship, and with his side sitting at the top of the league table with one round remaining, he could add another title before he hangs up his boots.

Zebo did not feature in Munster's 29-26 win over Edinburgh at the weekend, which lifted them to the top of the URC table, but he started at full-back the previous week against Connacht.

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Munster have one more round of the regular season remaining, against Ulster on Saturday at Thomond Park.

“After much consideration, I have decided that this season will be my last in the game I love,” Zebo said in a statement.

“It was a dream come true, making lifelong memories and friends and traveling the world with amazing people.

“Thank you so much to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and fans – without you none of this would be possible. I am truly grateful for all the love and support over the years.

“I loved every second, it was crazy and I can't wait to see what's next.”





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