Simon Zebo shows remorse and apologises for taunting Michael Lowry


Simon Zebo has apologised for his conduct, as the Racing 92 speedster taunted the desperate defence of Michael Lowry when scoring a try in yesterday’s Champions Cup encounter.

The Parisians eased to a 44-12 bonus-point victory at the U Arena, with ex-Munster talisman Zebo continuing his excellent scoring form with a second-half try.

The comfortable win, however, was marred by Zebo’s behaviour as the 28-year-old full-back pointed at his opposite number with a grin before he dived into the corner for five points.

Top international rugby referee Nigel Owens was far from impressed by Zebo’s actions, and immediately told him to apologise to Lowry for showing a lack of sportsmanship to his opponent.

The Irish winger did apologise to Lowry not only on the pitch but after the game as well, handing over his jersey as a sign of goodwill.

“I’m still sick about it, I had to wait 10 minutes outside the dressing room to give him my jersey and apologise again,” said an embarrassed Zebo.

“I’ve played the game for I don’t know how many years and I’ve never done anything like that, I just got too excited. I probably built up the game a bit too much in my head this week and let the emotions get the better of me for a few seconds.

“You live and learn, I wouldn’t want my kids to do that and I’m very disappointed with myself.

“I feel s***, but he’s a lovely fella. As soon as I went over to apologise he was very receptive, we had a good chat after the game. There’s no ill-feelings or anything.

“These things happen, but I’d prefer they didn’t happen to me.”

Zebo has now scored six tries in six games since he left Munster to join Racing 92 and will look to take his superb form to the international stage as Ireland get set to host both Argentina and the All Blacks in November.

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