SIMON ZEBO may not have scored a try in the Six Nations for longer than he cares to remember but the Corkman is going to stick to his guns when he faces Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday and keep trying moves that can win his side this opening and vital Six Nations match.
The winger has been scoring plenty of tries for his province, but they have dried up in the Six Nations since his score four years ago against Wales with his famous heel flick off a Brian O’Driscoll pass.
That scored announced the Blackrock man to the world and says that he will still try things that other players may not but has vowed to continue playing with a smile on his face whether he is scoring the tries or not.
“Looking back on it now I’m proud of myself for sticking to my beliefs in how I play the game, having no fear to try things," Simon Zebo said.
"It was my first Six Nations game and that was quite evident.
"I’m quite proud of my younger self.
“I still go out and try to play the way I did when I was 19 or 20, play with a smile on my face, enjoy myself and not be afraid to try things.
"I always back myself to do things on the pitch that ultimately, contribute to winning matches.
"I try to go out with that spirit.
“Obviously, there are areas of your game you need to improve as you get older, little things, but in terms of the game, my mindset hasn’t changed.
"I’ve done alright so far, so if I continue to improve I can go even better.”
Joe Schmidt will name his side tomorrow for Ireland’s Six Nations opener with Tommy Bowe likely to be a surprise recall to the bench for the game in Murrayfield. Scannell also looks certain for a place on the bench as cover for Paddy Jackson.
Definitely ruled out are Cork’s Peter O’Mahony and Johnny Sexton, while Andrew Trimble looks to be losing his fitness battle also.