Friday 6 December 2019

Larmour seeks Kearney advice while chasing his No 15 shirt

Jordan Larmour. Photo: Sportsfile
Jordan Larmour. Photo: Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Jordan Larmour is a young man with many virtues and he's had to prioritise patience in the early stages of his professional career.

Arguably Ireland's best player at the World Cup, he was confined to the bench for the all-important quarter-final defeat to New Zealand.

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By the time the 22-year-old came on and started causing the All Blacks all sorts of problems, the game was already up.

Still, he was a real attacking threat who carried the fight for an already doomed team and, when he returned to Leinster, he did so in flying form.

Like almost all of his team-mates, Larmour is unwilling to dwell on Japan. Those who were there are treating it as if it didn't really happen.

Even though he was one of the few who came home in credit, Larmour is quick to move on from the topic.

"I'd like to think so," he said when asked if he was a better player for the experience.

"For experience, I don't think it gets much better than that. It was a really cool experience.

"That's just rugby, isn't it? It was frustrating enough the way it didn't go our way but that happened two months ago and all our focus now is back on Leinster and the big weeks coming up. That's where my focus is at the moment."

While Joe Schmidt was reluctant to start Larmour despite his scintillating form and game-breaking ability, Leinster have had little hesitation in starting him in big games and they've been rewarded by strong performances.

Happy

Picked ahead of Rob Kearney for the opener at home to Benetton, he reverted to the right wing in Lyon and for now he's happy to move across the back-three to suit the needs of the coaches.

And he says he is learning from the vastly experienced Louthman whose jersey he ultimately covets.

"I get on really well with Rob," Larmour said. "That relationship has grown over the last two or three years and he is obviously still a world-class player and there's lots I can still learn from him.

"It's never been said or anything but I can go to him for things I need to work on or things I can ask him about. We are still competing for the same position at the end of the day so there is still that element of competitiveness there while helping each other out as well. We can both learn things from each other's games. That's the beauty about this environment, everyone is keen on working together to get better."

On Saturday, Larmour will be key to Leinster's effort in Northampton as they look to take control of Pool 1 against the team currently tearing the English Premiership up.

"I've never played there so I'm looking forward to it," he said. "They have pace and power and footwork, especially on the wings. So hopefully we get our stuff right."

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