There has been much speculation this week that Munster and Ireland winger Simon Zebo will sign with Toulouse when his current deal with Munster ends in June. The Corkonian is a coveted asset around Europe, and he would certainly add to the French club’s attack.
However, Munster coach Anthony Foley has dismissed the claims, stating that Munster Rugby is part of who Simon Zebo is, and he will not be tempted away so easily.
The former Ireland number 8 spoke with RTÉ about such as prospect.
“I’ve coached Simon since he was 19 years of age. I know him a long time, I know the qualities he has and can understand why teams would want him.
“It’s inevitable that he’s going to be linked with other top clubs in Europe and we’ll definitely be doing our best to keep him.
“The last time he was negotiating his contract, other teams were in for him. It’s just a sign of how good a player he is. People will try and snap him up, but he’s a born and bred Munster man so hopefully we can hold on to him.
“It’s a professional world. It’s inevitable that when contracts come up people are entitled to look elsewhere. From my point of view, I want them to be in the red of Munster and representing Ireland.”
This is another twist in a developing story, and it is likely that we have not heard the end of it. Zebo is a winger of international quality, and the type of player that could help Toulouse get back to the top of French and European rugby.
This follows on from a report on Monday that Toulouse are keen to sign Zebo.