Back where he belongs, with a smile on his face, Simon Zebo is looking forward to a second Munster debut.

The 31-year-old re-signed for the Reds at the end of last season after spending three years in Paris with Racing 92.

Zebo made 144 appearances for his home province after making his debut in 2010.

"It's great to be back, I haven't stopping smiling for about six weeks now," the 35-cap Ireland international told Munster Rugby.

"I’m enjoying every minute of it, a great group of guys. I’m very happy to be at home.

"There’s some unbelievable young athletes and some really skillful guys [like] Jake Flannery, Jack Crowley, Daniel Okeke.

"These guys have been pushing it on really and there’s a great buzz around the camp, a great blend of youth and experience and we’re really looking forward to the new season."

The Corkman enjoyed a return to Thomond as Munster played an internal challenge match on Saturday and his first taste of competitive action may come in their opening United Rugby Championship clash against the Cell C Sharks on 25 September in Limerick.

He said: "To get the run-out in Thomond Park, get the boots on, run around with your friends is what it’s all about. I’m very excited to do that and we’re building nicely into the season.

"I can't wait for the day I pull on a red jersey in front of a full house."