Ireland leave out Simon Zebo from autumn internationals squad

Utility back Simon Zebo has been left out of the Ireland squad just days after it was revealed he is leaving Munster at the end of the season.

Zebo is expected to sign for a club in France, having reportedly been offered terms the Irish RFU cannot match.

His omission has opened the door for wingers Adam Byrne and Jacob Stockdale who are included in the 38-man squad.

Connacht centre Bundee Aki, now eligible through the residency rule, is also selected by coach Joe Schmidt.

Aki, Leinster’s Byrne and Munster backs Chris Farrell and Darren Sweetman are the four uncapped players in the panel.

New Zealand-born Aki, who has Samoan parents, has impressed consistently since joining Connacht in 2014, helping the province lift the 2016 Pro12 title.

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