'Rigid' Ireland not for Zebo

14 January 2018 02:18:00 GMTPlus11

Simon Zebo says playing for Ireland under Joe Schmidt is too 'rigid' for his liking, though he still wants to be involved in this season's Six Nations.

The Munster man has confirmed that he'll be moving to France next season to play for Racing 92.

That announcement led to Schmidt omitting the player from Ireland's autumn internationals, but Zebo says he is available and ready for selection in the Six Nations.

Ahead of Sunday's Champions Cup clash against his future employers Racing, Zebo has revealed his frustration at not being able to deploy his sometimes maverick style in a green jersey.

I said to him that I couldn't play in such a rigid structure. I can't play like that.

Simon Zebo

He says he has told the New Zealand-born coach how he feels already.

"With Munster, I'm free to try things, to play the moves that I see. I don't have any shackles," Zebo told L'Equipe.

"Joe is a super coach who has had great success with Ireland. We already talked about it face-to-face. I said to him that I couldn't play in such a rigid structure. I can't play like that.

"Winning is important but for me it's also important to do it in a certain way. But if you ask me to pick between losing in style or winning ugly, I'd choose the second option."

Munster are 2.30 to beat Racing Metro on Sunday, with the Parisian outfit 1.61 to get the upper hand in the Pool 4 clash. The Irish province would secure top-spot and a quarter-final berth with victory.

Zebo meanwhile is not giving up on being called back into the Ireland set-up for the Six Nations.

"I would not understand [being left out] if there's one rule for the others and another for me," he is quoted as saying in the French newspaper.

"I'm fully eligible because I'm a Munster player until June. I hope I'll be called up for the Six Nations."

Ireland are 1.28 to win the Six Nations, with England 4.33 to retain their crown.

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