Saturday 23 February 2019

Larmour unfazed by big occasions

Jordan Larmour with his Bank of Ireland Leinster Player of the Month award. Pic: Sportsfile
Jordan Larmour with his Bank of Ireland Leinster Player of the Month award. Pic: Sportsfile

It would seem Jordan Larmour has made the necessary strides from November to January to earn a place in Ireland's Six Nations squad for the first time.

It is understood coach Joe Schmidt has been convinced on the progress the outside back has made in two months.

Sure, there have been the flash of individual brilliance against Munster and two more tries against Ulster over the festive period.

But, this has been accompanied by an appetite to learn about the fundamentals of the game.

Larmour was even summoned into the centre late on against Glasgow to show the versatility of a young player able to man the three positions of centre, wing and full-back across the backline.

Leinster backs coach Girvan Dempsey, the holder of 82 Ireland caps, has been an important mentor.

"He is a really exciting player to have in the squad at the moment. He brings such energy," said Dempsey.

"He is the last one to leave the field and he bounds out onto the field," said the assistant coach.

"He works so hard on the game, does a huge amount of work on his ball skills.

"He goes through video work with us on his positional play."

It was just last September when Larmour stepped up for his first Leinster cap on the left wing, scooting for the first of his half-dozen tries.

There have been eight starts, six at full-back and two at left wing, from his quick 13 caps for 775 minutes.

Interestingly, the 20-year-old has played the full 80 minutes on all his starts, leaving the impression he could strike at any time.

The difference between Larmour and other inexperienced players is that he plays with confidence and without fear.

"He has shown that he's not fazed by big occasions," said Dempsey.

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