Donncha O'Callaghan and Keith Wood talk up Jordan Larmour's Six Nations chances

Could the Leinster starlet make it into the Ireland squad?

BY Raf Diallo 21:11 Monday 8 January 2018, 21:11 8 Jan 2018

Leinster's Jordan Larmour celebrates scoring the first try of the game ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Jordan Larmour's performance as Leinster saw off Ulster was one that really caught the eye.

And it was no different for Ireland legends Donncha O'Callaghan and Keith Wood who were impressed by the young Irish wing in the Guinness Pro 14 inter-pro clash and joined Joe on Monday Night Rugby to discuss the weekend's action.

"I think he's exciting. He's one of these guys, you just want to see him on the ball and you just know he's going to do something special," said Donncha.

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"He has incredible footwork. It's frightening how he can step off his left and step off his right."  

Donncha explained how that quality makes it difficult for defenders to make sense of what he's going to do next.

"He's actually making guys in defence lines look silly," said the former Munster second-row.

Keith echoed that point about Larmour's outstanding footwork and ability to work off both feet. 

Leinster's Jordan Larmour celebrates scoring a try ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

"I thought Larmour was magnificent. His ability to stop going at full tilt to change direction and have a little kick or side-step off both legs, there was a great one for the try in the first couple of minutes," said Keith.

"What I loved about Larmour was later on for Daly's try, he did the step off the other leg. It stopped everybody in the defence so gave the space for the pass for the  player to run pretty much untouched into the corner. I just thought he played incredibly well. He's solid. He's not a slight guy. He's got a powerful enough sort of chassis on him with chunky hips and legs and a bit of a power rocket. I've watched him and seen him a bit and I'm just really impressed with him for the whole round game."   

The 20 year old is making an impact with the Six Nations right around the corner. So should Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt take a chance on youngster?

"100%," was Keith's instant response, adding that "we'll see him in the middle of the tournament" even if he isn't fast-tracked straight into the team. 

Donncha agreed with that "absolutely" and feels Ireland "camp will be a good test for him as well". 

"When you put him in around the environment, the best around there, then you see can he shine and what actually ends up happening is the standards go through the roof," he said.

"When you have someone that's a little bit special, you've massively competitive guys - especially in those positions. I just remember a few weeks ago, we were all worried about Simon Zebo going and now you've got to credit Joe Schmidt. He knows what he has in his depth charge."


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