It’s safe to say Simon Zebo has settled well in France. 

For an ex-partner, like Munster, it’s always easier to move on if the one who broke your heart isn’t doing a great line with the new petite amie.

However, the reports of his first dates in Paris make the loss just that slight bit harder to bear.

Zebo made a winning debut for Racing 92 away to Toulon in August and scored his first try a week later.

That was a consolation effort in defeat to Clermont and on his next appearance, off the bench against Agen, he ran in a late try in a rout.

The Cork man then bagged four tries in the next three games, against Toulouse, Castres (2) and Lyon, with all scores coming when the result was still up for grabs.

The eye for a gap, the timing, the spacial awareness, all evident in the execution.

That it wouldn’t take Zebo long to settle in was flagged in advance. He had a good understanding of the language before making the move, no need to pardon the French.

It could hardly be going any better for the 28 year old, who left Munster at the end of last season, having spent eight years there as a firm favourite.

"Six from six shows how much quality he has," former Munster team-mate James Coughlan, now coaching with Top 14 side Pau, told RTÉ Sport.

"Everyone here is very impressed with him. Every article you read, everything you see on the telly is positive.

"They mention his finishing ability because that was the problem that they had last year – they got the ball but they weren’t very good at finishing it off.

"He is settling in really well, he’s really happy in the group.

"With Donnacha Ryan already in there it was easy for him.

"He’s a natural finisher so it’s all that kind of stuff that the press have been talking about.

"His natural talent means that he can enjoy himself more than fellas like me or Donnacha, who would have to work hard all the time and be very serious about everything because we had no choice.

"His natural, God-given talent allows him to be able to relax and enjoy himself.

"Living in a big city like Paris would suit him. He’s having the craic, you can see that on his social media.  

"It’s good for him, a new start. Anything in the French press has been positive."

Racing, beaten finalists in last year’s Champions Cup, believe that he is one of the final pieces of the jigsaw.

Dimitri Szarzewski, Zebo’s club captain, reckons that the addition of the versatile back can push Racing on to bigger things in Europe.

He said: "Simon has made an immediate impression and for me he is one of the best players in the world.

"He’s a great person on and off the park. He smiles all the time, he has settled in well and we will be counting on him and Donnacha. They are experienced players.

"The club has a lot of ambition. With the arrival of Finn Russell and Simon Zebo, Racing 92 continues to grow. They are players who are used to this competition.

"They are guys who know to push the opponents. I hope they will allow this club to finally be European champions."

As for Zebo's other ex, Ireland, they never really had the same sort of relationship he had with Munster. 

He scored nine tries in 35 caps but, under Joe Schmidt, could never consider himself a certain starter.

When Zebo was left out of the last Six Nations squad, the Ireland boss even took the unusual step of voicing his notes on a recent performance.

"Some wayward passing, some turnovers" during Munster v Racing cited as reasons why he didn’t get selected.

With Ireland’s November squad for games against Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and USA to be announced on Wednesday, Zebo’s name will appear in various outlets in relation to his absence, down to the IRFU policy of preferring home-based players.

That didn’t stop coach Laurent Labit, perhaps with the example of Jonathan Sexton in mind, hailing the new arrival

"If he continues on this rhythm, Simon Zebo will probably be recalled [by Ireland]".

But it’s not a serious runner.

Schmidt can roll out a stock answer to the question and the logic is there for all to see.  

The list of back-three options – Kearney, Larmour, Conway, Earls, Stockdale, Carbery, McFadden – means that Zebo’s loss can be absorbed relatively comfortably, it’s testament to where Ireland are as much as anything else.

"That’s the policy and Zeebs knew that before he left," adds Coughlan, who will face Paul O’Connell’s Stade this weekend in the Challenge Cup before a Top 14 meeting with Racing the following week.

"He’s well aware that his international days are over until, if and when, he returns home. That’s the trade-off, he’s happy with his life.

"It’s only been Johnny that has managed to go away and still be in the squad.

"With the cover that’s there, with the standard [it’s hard to get back in].

"There’s a great bunch of young fellas there at the moment."

Later today, Zebo will be back in the spotlight as his new team host Ulster at the U Arena (5.30pm).

Both sides won their openers – Racing away to Scarlets, Ulster handsome winners over Leicester at Ravenhill – and Zebo will be determined to make a mark.

"He has become the forgotten man of Irish rugby in many ways," Donal Lenihan told RTÉ Sport.

"He’s the top try-scorer in France and I think he’ll be looking to lay down a marker to remind people that he’s still out there."

Listen to live and exclusive radio commentary of Racing 92 v Ulster on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport.