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Zebo: After hanging up the rugby boots I could give hurling a go

The Munster and Ireland winger was handy with a hurley in his teenage years.

Simon Zebo dives over for a Munster try.
Simon Zebo dives over for a Munster try.
Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

GET YOUR TICKETS now for the Munster hurling clash between Cork and Tipperary in 2025 – you might just see some tricks and flicks from Simon Zebo.

The Munster winger revealed on Newstalk’s Off the Ball show last night that he harbours ambitions of an inter-county hurling career with his native Cork.

Speaking to host Ger Gilroy, Zebo said hurling and rugby share his sporting affections. He also relived memories of his hurling days with Blackrock.

He said, “After I hang up the boots with rugby, I could give it a go with hurling.”

Zebo hopes to pass a fitness test next week to be in contention for Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash with Harlequins, on 7 April.

He explained that playing Gaelic football and hurling helped his rugby game as it improves hand-eye coordination and physical conditioning. He commented:

Playing GAA, you have to be a little tough. Taking a couple of hurleys across the shins, that toughens you up.”

Simon also spoke about his famous boot flick to keep an Irish attack alive in the lead-up to Cian Healy’s try against Wales.

He commented, “It was a bit of instinct… I was glad Cian scored after to make it look a little better.”

You can listen to the full interview here>>

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