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Joe Schmidt excited by uncapped Larmour’s Ireland potential

Andrew Lawton
24 January 2018

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will not be afraid of throwing uncapped Jordan Larmour in at the deep end with an international debut during the upcoming Six Nations.

Lamour has enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Guinness PRO14 to date scoring six tries in his ten appearances for Leinster.

The 20-year-old has featured at wing, centre and full-back for the Irish province and Schmidt is delighted to have him amongst his Ireland set-up.

Schmidt was speaking at the official launch of the Six Nations in London and admitted he’s very familiar with the Leinsterman’s talents.

“I’ve seen a fair bit of Jordan, fresh out of St Andrew’s College and he’s very impressive,” he said.

“We’ve spent a bit of time having Jordan in camp and getting him in will potentially accelerate his progress to the matchday squad and starting XV.

“He has incredible acceleration and ability to change direction as we know but he’s also really skilful, good in the air and he’s a really good kid.

“That always plays a part. Jordan was playing at a level that made it appropriate to select him.”

Ireland start their Six Nations campaign away in France on February 3 with centre Garry Ringrose a major injury doubt due to an ankle injury.

“You can always reflect on who you’re missing but I’m excited about who we’ve got,” Schmidt added.

“Keith Earls has hit the ground running – literally – since his return from injury, so I like the balance we’ve got in the back-three.

“We have a mix of youth and experience and I think they can really thrive together.”

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