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Your Simon Zebo as a Young GAA Star Pic of The Day

If Warren Gatland has any doubts about selecting the Irishman, this should quell them.

A young Simon Zebo in action for St Michael's.
A young Simon Zebo in action for St Michael's.
Image: George Hatchell - St Michael's/Blackrock photographer

SIMON ZEBO IS approaching a stage of the season that is make-or-break when it comes to his chances of making the Lions tour to Australia.

The Munster winger has six tries in 14 games for his province and two scores this season with Ireland.

He has become a first-choice Test winger, proved he can cover at fullback and electrified the Millennium Stadium with his heel flick in the lead-up to Cian Healy’s try.

Still, if Zebo does not make the plane Down Under, his summer will be a busy one, with former clubs requesting his skilful services.

Last week gave you an insight into the life of Simon Zebo, the hurler. The latest pictures, kindly send on to us by George Hatchell [official photographer of Blackrock and St Michael's], show the Cork native in action on the Gaelic fields.

Zebo divided his sporting time between football, soccer, atheltics, hurling and rugby. His biggest achievement in Gaelic football was reaching the final of Féile na nÓg with St Michael’s, the team that shared many of its dual stars with Blackrock ‘Rockies’.

Simon Zebo with his St Michael’s teammates. (Credit: George Hatchell)

Brother Patrick Fitzgibbon, chairman of Blackrock’s underage section, has spoken highly of Zebo’s hurling talents but he also witnessed his footballing exploits, primarily in the forward lines.

Speaking of the flick, which confirmed Zebo’s status as a Test-level star, Bro. Fitzgibbon is in no doubt as to where he learned the skill.

He said, “That flick just came naturally to him. That hand-eye coordination is something he learned on a Gaelic pitch, although the lads at Avondale, who he plays soccer for, would stake that claim as well.”

One of Zebo’s teammates at St Michael’s was David Meyler, who currently plays with Hull City in the Championship and has been capped three times for Ireland.

Did you have any famous teammates that went on to sporting fame?

“Simon Zebo was a great loss to Cork hurling, let me tell you”

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