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Ulster Rugby: Tommy Bowe and Luis Ludik speak on Simon Zebo controversy

Simon Zebo (right) celebrates with Racing 92 team-mate Teddy Thomas in their win over Ulster
Simon Zebo (right) celebrates with Racing 92 team-mate Teddy Thomas in their win over Ulster

Ulster stars of past and present have played down the controversy surrounding Simon Zebo's taunting of Michael Lowry in Racing 92's victory over Ulster.

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The former Munster man pointed on his way past the young Ulster full-back when scoring the final try in his side's 44-12 Champions Cup win in La Defense Arena on Saturday evening.

"When stuff like that happens, it's in the heat of things and guys do things that are not meant in a bad way," said the injured Louis Ludik on the Ulster Rugby Round-Up podcast.

Tomy Bowe and Louis Ludik make their Ulster Rugby Round Up podcast debuts:

"With Zebo and Teddy Thomas, there's a real vibe and a real team spirit there, maybe it's the kind of thing they do in training. They have a lot of fun while they play and they've played well against us.

"I don't think he did it maliciously or in a bad way. He immediately said sorry and that he didn't really mean it.

"I don't think it was that bad. Everybody has a different opinion"

Tommy Bowe played with Simon Zebo for Ireland and says he's a "top, top guy."

"He tweeted that he was disappointed in his actions," added Bowe.

"Everyone who knows Simon, he's a popular, top, top guy. I'm sure there was nothing malicious.

"It's not a big deal really.

"People look at our sport and think the way we batter eachother in tackles and think 'what sort of values are they talking about?' but respect between players is one of the values that the game is built on.

"It's so small but when small things creep in it can snowball. Nigel Owens stepped in, said he should apologise, and he did so we'll move on."

Tommy Bowe and Louis Ludik were appearing on the Ulster Rugby Round-up to promote their upcoming Rugby Rising Festival which will see ten schools go head to head in Energia Stadium in Donnybrook on October 29, 31 and November 2.

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