Simon Zebo to retire at end of 2023/24 season

Simon Zebo has made 173 appearances for Munster scoring 72 tries
Simon Zebo has made 173 appearances for Munster scoring 72 tries

Munster have confirmed that record try-scorer Simon Zebo will retire from professional rugby at the end of the ongoing campaign.

A product of Munster academy, Zebo made his senior debut against Connacht in 2010 and scored his first try against Scarlets in April 2011. He became the first ever player to score two Heineken Cup hat-tricks within a year, scoring three of Munster's five tries in the home match against Racing 92 in 2013.

Since then, he has gone on to become an integral part of the club making 173 appearances spread across two stints scoring 72 tries. He was part of the United Rugby Championship winning Munster squad in the 2010/11 and 2022/23 seasons. His two stints with Munster was separated by an association with Racing 92 between 2018 and 2021 during which he racked up 60 appearances for the French club.

He made his Ireland debut in 2012 and has gone on to play 35 times for his country scoring seven tries. He was also part of the 2015 Six Nations winning Ireland side.

"After much thought, I’ve decided that this season will be my last playing the game I love. It has been a dream come true, making memories and friends for life and travelling the world with amazing people," said Zebo in a statement released.

"A huge thank you to my family, friends, teammates, coaches and supporters – without ye none of this would have been possible. I am truly grateful for all the love and support over the years.

"I’ve loved every second, it’s been some craic and I can’t wait to see what’s next".