Munster have announced the signing of former player Simon Zebo after three seasons in France with Racing 92.
The international wing was a firm favourite with the Thomond Park faithful over many years for his skill and dynanism and remains the province's leading try scorer with 60 from 144 appearances.
He has signed a one-year contract which is being co-funded by the IRFU.
His return could also see him figure in the international squad for the first time since he moved to France, with the Cork man keen to add to his 35 caps.
“The opportunity to bring Simon back to Munster came about in early April following a final review of our squad’s budgetary position for season-end and with assistance from the IRFU to support what we believe is a really good deal for Munster and Irish Rugby,” said Munster head coach Johann van Graan.
“Simon’s desire to return to Ireland and play with his home club is illustrated by his willingness to sign at a level below his market value elsewhere. This has made bringing the province’s all-time leading try-scorer back home, possible.”
Zebo, who can play at both full-back and on the wing, said: "I am thrilled and honoured to be coming back home to play for Munster.
“My family and I have been so lucky to have enjoyed three incredible years with Racing 92 in Paris and I cannot thank the team there enough.
"I really have made friends for life and take with me some brilliant memories.
“However, as everyone knows, Munster holds a very special place in my heart and I’ve always said that I wanted to play for them and potentially Ireland again, so when this opportunity arose the lure of being close to home, family and friends and Munster fans, it outweighed all other options.
“I cannot wait to get back to the HPC with the team and hopefully a packed Thomond Park.”
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