Thursday 18 October 2018

Brian O'Driscoll makes Jordan Larmour prediction for the Six Nations - but can't see him debuting at fullback

14 January 2018; Jordan Larmour of Leinster during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 Round 5 match between Leinster and Glasgow Warriors at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
14 January 2018; Jordan Larmour of Leinster during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 Round 5 match between Leinster and Glasgow Warriors at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

There are many reasons to be excited for the start of the Six Nations next month but chief among them for Irish fans is the prospect of Leinster speedster Jordan Larmour pulling on the green jersey for the first time.

Larmour's scintillating festive form left Joe Schmidt little choice but to include him in his Six Nations squad, with the question now becoming when the Ireland coach will decide to hand the 20-year-old his international debut.

It would be a big ask to throw Larmour in against France in Paris for the opening fixture, with the visit of Italy in round two possibly providing the youngster with a less frenetic opening to life at the top level.

Brian O'Driscoll thinks Larmour could well feature at some stage during the Six Nations, but predicts that Schmidt will select him on the wing, rather than at fullback.

He has starred in the 15 jersey for Leinster this season but O'Driscoll feels that the positioning at fullback would be tricky for Larmour to instantly master at international level.

"Reckon if Jordan Larmour gets capped this 6 Nations it’ll be on the wing," O'Driscoll wrote on Twitter.

"Bench or start v Italy. Think he should play on the wing. Of 13, 11/14 & 15, wing is the least difficult to get positional sense particularly with Robbie Henshaw playing 13 & his defensive appetite. Risky to throw him in at 15. Needs to be eased in."

Larmour has been selected to play on the wing for Leinster today in the Champions Cup against Montpellier and has been tasked with one of the toughest assignments in world rugby - marking man mountain Nemani Nadolo.

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