Simon Zebo sees himself one day returning to play rugby in Ireland as he gets ready to move to Paris for next season. 

Zebo played his final game for Munster on Saturday in their 16-15 loss to Leinster in the Pro14 semi-final in the RDS. 

He joins Champions Cup finalists Racing 92 ahead of the 2018-19 season. 

Zebo sat down to talk with Donal Lenihan for RTÉ Sport's Against the Head about his career with Munster and Ireland, the season just past, and his hopes for the future. 

"I came to the decision early on in my career that I'd always like to play in France," Zebo told Lenihan. "And the opportunity to play for Racing 92 came up and I had to weigh up a lot of things, family, the age profile of my kids and where I was in my career. It just came down to timing. It's only an hour away from Cork and it's a really competitive club with exciting and talented players.

"I've no intention of going to France and chilling out and being a squad player for the rest of my contract. I fully intend on pushing as hard as I do here in Munster. I want to win silverware."

Once it was announced that Zebo was bound for Paris from the summer of 2018, his international career came to an swift halt and he played no part in the 2018 Grand Slam campaign. 

Zebo admitted he was surprised by the abruptness with which he was removed from consideration but doesn't harbour any bitterness towards anyone in the international set-up. 

"I was (suprised). I probably didn't expect it to be so quick and so blunt. I wouldn't be bitter or anything about it. The squad have done really well and I wish everyone involved all the best. But I obviously would have loved to be involved in the Six Nations and the November series. But that's the way it is. You've got to accept that some decisions have consequences and unfortunately that's the way it had to go for me."

He also said he was surprised to be dropped to the bench for Munster's Champions Cup semi-final loss to Racing 92, a decision which appeared to backfire. 

"I was shocked, really. But you can't be too selfish in your thinking. You've just got to do what's best for the team and, for me, that was coming off the bench that day. But yeah, In hindsight, I'd love to have played all 80."

Finally, he confirmed that he did see himself returning to Ireland before his career was out.

Although crucially, it would not be to Leinster. 

"I see myself coming back. I wouldn't come back to play for Leinster, anyway! Munster's my home and it always will be. I hope this isn't the end of my connection with Munster and I definitely see myself coming home in the future. 

"I'm going to do my best to get picked for Racing and also get picked for that World Cup in 2019 - and if not, 2023."