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Zebo picks up cork person of the month award

Monday, 18th February, 2013 9:36am

Irish rugby international Simon Zebo has had a month of ups and downs but today he has been named as the February Cork Person of the Month.

After his sensational performance against Wales in Cardiff in the opening game of this year's RBS Six Nations, things didn't go quite as well against England in Ireland's second game.

He injured himself very early in the game against England when he broke a bone in his foot. The injury means he will be out of action for the rest of the Six Nations.

The flying Blackrockman shot to global fame when he performed an outrageous piece of skill in the run up to Cian Healy's try in the game against Wales.

Now the former Blackrock hurler, St. Michael's Gaelic footballer and Avondale United soccer player has been named February Cork Person of the Month.

"February certainly created highs and lows for Simon, from that famous back-heel flick to set up a vital try for Ireland against Wales, to his early exit from the Ireland England match with a broken bone in his foot," said awards organiser, Manus O'Callaghan.

Simon, 23 next month, has 45 caps for Munster, scoring 100 points including two Heineken Cup hat-tricks. He made his Irish debut against the All Blacks last summer and his first appearance in a Six Nations game this month.

Simon, from Ballintemple in Cork City, inherited his speed from his father Arthur, a Martinique-born French 800m runner, who qualified for the French team at the 1976 Olympics. Arthur met his Cork-born wife Lynda in Paris, and they moved back to Cork to raise their family. Simon has one sister Jessika, who has also represented Ireland in Athletics as a hurdler.

Simon Zebo's exciting style and athleticism has very quickly made him a star with both Munster and Ireland. Simon Zebo's name will now go forward with the other persons of the month selected this year, for possible selection as Cork Person of the Year at the awards lunch on January 2014.

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