Saturday 24 August 2019

'Electric' Jordan Larmour is special, says Nacewa

Isa Nacewa during Leinster rugby squad training. Photo: Sportsfile
Isa Nacewa during Leinster rugby squad training. Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Certain players demand that bit more freedom within the confines of regimented structures in order to flourish.

Of the current crop of Leinster's young talents, Joey Carbery is one who is afforded such luxury and the latest is Jordan Larmour.

One by one Isa Nacewa, who returns from injury to face the Dragons tonight, watches the province churn out these special players and he too is excited about the levels Larmour can reach.

The 20-year-old makes his seventh appearance of the campaign against Bernard Jackman's side and his skipper has backed him to continue his fine form.

"You've just got to let him loose and don't restrict him too much within the system," Nacewa said.

"I would almost encourage him to go 100pc because he's electric. He's an out-and-out finisher. He is one of those guys you just want to get the ball to and see what happens.

"Someone with his ability and skill, similar to Joey, expect something to happen. He is a ball of energy and he's bloody fun to play with."

chasing From the highs of playing in front of a sold-out Aviva, Jordi Murphy, Jack Conan and Andrew Porter return to the nitty-gritty of the PRO14.

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Murphy is still chasing a return to form following a lengthy injury lay-off and he is the only one of the three returning internationals to be given a start, as he plays in the back-row alongside his namesake Josh, who makes his first senior start.

It's been a frustrating month for Seán Cronin who was left out of the Ireland squad by Joe Schmidt and Leo Cullen admitted that he too, like many people, was puzzled by the decision.

"We're lucky we've three international hookers, one with Ireland (James Tracy) and the other two (Cronin and Richardt Strauss)," he said. "I am surprised Seán is not involved. I guess it is a competitive area for Ireland."

A big performance this evening would be a reminder of what Cronin is capable of. Verdict: Leinster

Leinster - J Larmour; F McFadden, R O'Loughlin, N Reid, I Nacewa (capt); R Byrne, J Gibson-Park; E Byrne, S Cronin, M Bent; R Molony, S Fardy; Josh Murphy, Jordi Murphy, M Deegan. Reps: R Strauss, P Dooley, A Porter, I Nagle, J Conan, N McCarthy, C Marsh, C O'Brien.

Dragons - A O'Brien; J Rosser, A Warren, J Dixon, A Hewitt; G Henson, S Pretorius; S Hobbs, E Shipp, L Fairbrother; J Davies, M Screech; A Wainwright, O Griffiths (capt), J Benjamin. Reps: G Ellis, L Garrett, B Harris, R Landman, B Roach, D Babos, A Robson, C Edwards.

REF - S Grove-White (SRU)

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