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Munster Face Fresh Battle To Hold Onto Simon Zebo [Report]

Top 14 side Pau are interested in signing Munster and Ireland star Simon Zebo, according to a report in the Irish Independent.

Pau already boast foreign stars such as two-time World Cup winning former All Black Conrad Smith, ex-All Blacks and Crusaders pivot Colin Slade, and ex-England and Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage as well as former Munstermen Dave Foley, Sean Dougall and Paddy Butler in their ranks.

Coached by former Munster backs coach Simon Mannix, the Pyrenees-based club currently lie in ninth place in the Top14.

Zebo, whose contract with his home province ends next summer, has been targeted by the ambitious Stade du Hameau outfit, who were promoted to the Top14 in 2015, after a nine-year absence.

If he were to move to France it would be a big blow to the two-time European champions, for whom he has made 122 appearances and scored a record 54 tries since his debut back in 2010.

Blessed with an excellent side-step, raw pace and great vision, the 2013 Lions tourist is a quality operator.

As he is popular with teammates and fans alike, Munster will undoubtedly fight tooth and nail to keep the 28 year-old at Thomond Park.

Capped 35 times by Ireland since making his debut against New Zealand in June 2012, the elusive runner has touched down nine times for his country.

Zebo, who can also play at 15, has been a regular fixture in Ireland’s team for the last couple of seasons and is sure to be included in Joe Schmidt’s squad for Ireland’s upcoming autumn international campaign, which sees them take on South Africa, Fiji and Argentina.

It is not the first time that the skillful back has attracted attention from the Top14.

Only last year, the Cork-born star said ‘non’ to Pau and Stade Francais in order to stay in Ireland.

But the fluent French speaker, who has expressed his interest in starring in France’s top league on more than one occasion, may find cash-laden Pau’s advances too difficult to turn down this time around.

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