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Jordan Larmour. Photo: Sportsfile

Jordan Larmour. Photo: Sportsfile

SPORTSFILE

Jordan Larmour. Photo: Sportsfile

The next few months feel like an important period in Jordan Larmour's career.

Having established himself as Leinster's first-choice full-back, he is also on course to make the position his own with Ireland.

That's not to say he is the finished product just yet, but with Rob Kearney departing the scene as soon as the current elongated season finishes, Larmour has a golden opportunity on his hands.

If he is to wear the blue and green number 15 jersey for the next few years, then a couple of key areas of his game need fine-tuning.

Larmour is fully aware of that, which is why he spent the last few months working on his reading of the play, his kicking game, as well as his play-making ability.

Having turned 23 in June, Larmour is no longer viewed as a new kid on the block, and with that comes extra responsibility.

His supreme skill-set allows him to do things other players could only dream of, but he continues to be pushed out his comfort zone in both Leinster and Ireland.

Opposition teams still feel as though everything goes through Johnny Sexton, which is why Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell are constantly encouraging the likes of Larmour and Garry Ringrose to share the load.

Larmour however, rejects the notion that too much of Leinster and Ireland's play goes through Sexton.

"He is a class act and a class player and sometimes it is on all of us to help out our nines and tens," Larmour insists.

Playing on the wing can often make it more difficult to step in as a play-maker, but coming from full-back, Larmour has been given the license to express himself.

"Stepping up and playing first or second receiver, you can do that in training no bother," Larmour maintains.

"Just get there first and make a call. It's definitely something I have been working on in training.

While many players have used the down time to bulk up, Larmour has taken a more measured approach because he is wary that his speed and footwork is what sets him apart from others.

"I have got a bit stronger," Larmour says.

"Lockdown gave me a good opportunity to focus on lifting weights. I was doing a few extra gym sessions. I wouldn't say I have put on much weight. Maybe I have leaned out a little bit.

  • Energia ambassador Jordan Larmour has launched the first of a two-part social documentary giving insight into his rollercoaster season of rugby - available to watch on www.energia.ie/rugby/jordan-larmour