British & Irish Lions 2013: Simon Zebo eyes Test spot ahead of debut
British & Irish Lions 2013: Ireland wing Simon Zebo wants to secure a Test spot ahead of his Lions debut on Saturday
Simon Zebo has set his sights on securing a spot in the British and Irish Lions Test side ahead of his debut against New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday.
Zebo was seconded from Ireland’s tour of North America after countryman Tommy Bowe underwent surgery on his injured hand, suffered in the Lions’ victory over Queensland Reds.
The 23-year-old was one of the key figures in Munster’s run to the semi-final of the Heineken Cup and also impressed in the Six Nations, scoring a try and making another in Ireland’s solitary win over Wales.
With Bowe remaining with the touring party, Zebo’s selection takes the number of Ireland players in the Lions squad to ten and while he admitted it was a dream come true to get the call-up, he’s desperate to play his part Down Under.
“Any chance you get to represent the Lions you must do it with pride and put your best foot forward,” said Zebo.
He added: “These series don’t come around too often, so it is an opportunity for all 23 players involved. It is my first run-out but like all the other lads, getting to wear that special red jersey is an honour and a great opportunity.”