Zebo on the plane for South Africa

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY -

Mun­ster’s bruised squad de­parts for South Africa to­day with Simon Zebo among a 28-player tour­ing party for the two-game PRO14 tour.

Full-back Zebo limped out of Satur­day’s Cham­pi­ons Cup quar­ter-fi­nal win over Toulon af­ter 25 min­utes, hav­ing been hurt in a first-minute col­li­sion with Chris Ash­ton but was named in Jo­hann van Graan’s squad fly­ing out of Dublin bound, via Dubai, for a train­ing camp in Cape Town.

Mun­ster play South­ern Kings in Ge­orge, home­town of Ire­land No.8 CJ Stander, on Satur­day and af­ter a few days in Cape Town, travel to Bloem­fontein for a game at al­ti­tude against the Chee­tahs on Fri­day, April 13. The squad is due to ar­rive home the fol­low­ing Sun­day to pre­pare for a Cham­pi­ons Cup semi-fi­nal against Rac­ing 92 in Bordeaux.

In ad­di­tion to the match­day 23 which faced Tou- lon, van Graan will also be tak­ing Brian Scott, Dave O’cal­laghan, Conor Oliver, Dan Gog­gin, and academy player Calvin Nash on the tour but in­jured flanker Tommy O’don­nell will not be on the plane hav­ing been ruled out for the rest of the sea­son fol­low­ing shoul­der surgery. O’don­nell is the se­cond open­side flanker to suf­fer the fate along­side Chris Cloete and he joins a lengthy re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion list also fea­tur­ing Keith Earls, Tyler Bleyen­daal, Dun­can Wil­liams, Jaco Taute, and Chris Far­rell. Hooker Kevin O’byrne is an­other to stay at home hav­ing sus­tained a hip in­jury dur­ing Mun­ster A’s Bri­tish and Ir­ish Cup quar­ter-fi­nal loss at Le­in­ster A on Fri­day. Simon Zebo had been a doubt all week with a ham­string in­jury and his game was ef­fec­tively over inside the first minute as he col­lided with Chris Ash­ton in avert­ing a Toulon try. Zebo would play on for an­other 24 min­utes be­fore limp­ing out. Mun­ster will also have a con­cern over Conor Mur­ray, who hob­bled off on 77 min­utes but head coach Jo­hann van Graan said there were no se­ri­ous is­sues, just a lot of bat­tered bod­ies. Mun­ster will have to plan for their Cham­pi­ons Cup semi-fi­nal in France on the week­end of April 21-22 from Cape Town, their base for the ma­jor­ity of a 12-day tour to South Africa. Mun­ster will play PRO14 games against the South­ern Kings in Ge­orge next Satur­day and the Chee­tahs in Bloem­fontein the fol­low­ing Fri­day.

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