New Zealand wasn't all black for Zebo


MUNSTER WINGER Simon Zebo, who is set to make his season’s bow against the Dragons on Saturday evening, says he will look back on Ireland’s summer tour to New Zealand in a positive way despite the results.

The 22-year-old made his Ireland debut in the opening Test against New Zealand which the Kiwis won 42-10 in Eden Park, but did not feature after that.

“Personally, I was delighted to get a start for Ireland, to get my first full Test cap, something special and something I won’t forget.

“Unfortunately the results didn’t go our way but I’ll look on the bright side and take the positives from it.

“I wouldn’t dwell on the bad things too much. But obviously you need to deal with them if you want to develop as a player, though. There have been negatives but personally, from New Zealand there has also been a lot of positives,” he said.

Zebo said he was looking forward to getting back on the field, especially with the new style of rugby being played by Munster under Rob Penney.

“I’m looking forward to getting back and playing some rugby.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had a competitive ball in my hand so I’m excited about getting back out there.

“It’s a different style of play. Forwards and backs are interacting a lot more. There seems to be more of a cohesiveness. It’ll be interesting to see how it forms on the pitch but that’s the vibe I’m getting, looking at it,” he added.

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