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Zebo's move to Racing confirmed, while Marler hit with six-week ban

By Steve Simpson

Racing 92 yesterday confirmed the capture of Munster full-back Simon Zebo just five days before the sides meet in a pivotal Champions Cup game in Paris.

It emerged in October that Zebo would not be signing a new contract with the IRFU and would instead be plying his trade in the Top 14 next season.

Asked if it was odd to be playing against his next club in a big game, Zebo said: "Of course it's going to be a very big match. A difficult match for both teams but especially for Munster."

Zebo was also asked if Munster fans accepted his decision to leave the province for Racing.

He added: "It was difficult at first but I think they understand and accept my decision. The decision was very difficult to make, I have a great connection with them, with everyone at the club, but it was the right moment."

Meanwhile, Joe Marler will miss England's opening two Six Nations matches after he was handed a six-week ban following a red card in Harlequins' Aviva Premiership defeat at Sale.

Marler was sent off for striking TJ Ioane with the shoulder as Quins lost 30-29 to the Sharks.

An independent RFU disciplinary panel convened yesterday, and Marler pleaded guilty.

He will serve his suspension until February 20, ruling him out of Italy away and Wales at home.

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