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Quinlan on Larmour | We always miss Kearney when he's gone

Joseph Conroy
Joseph Conroy

13:54 20 Sep 2019

The inclusions of Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway were the main talking points when Joe Schmidt announced his 15 to take on Scotland this morning.

The pair make the first team as Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, and Robbie Henshaw miss-out due to knocks and injuries.

Big calls

Leinster's Jordan Larmour starts at full back, a position where Alan Quinlan thinks he still has improvements to make:

"His attacking ability is second to none, but some high contests, catching on a few occasions, he's been caught out of position if he's been in full-back," he told OTB AM.

"I think he's an incredible athlete, there's so much 'attack' to his game, so much excitement - it's a call from Joe Schmidt. That's probably stuff they've worked on with Jordan Larmour, it's the final piece in the jigsaw for him to be a top-class exceptional international player," the Munsterman continued.

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Safe hands...

Speaking from Japan, moments after the conclusion of Joe Schmidt's press conference, he cautioned that in the past Ireland have missed Rob Kearney when he's been absent:

"Sometimes Rob Kearney has had calls to have him out of the team over the years, maybe because of his attacking ability compared to somebody else, like Larmour.

"Each time those calls have happened and somebody's come in there, there's been a call to get Kearney back in there, because of his exceptional reading."

Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose are the centres, as Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray form the half-back partnership.

The match kicks off in Yokohama, Japan, at 8.45am Irish time on Sunday.

Here is Ireland's full starting team:

Here’s the full team: 15. Jordan Larmour 14. Andrew Conway 13. Garry Ringrose 12. Bundee Aki 11. Jacob Stockdale 10. Johnny Sexton 9. Conor Murray 1. Cian Healy 2. Rory Best (captain) 3. Tadhg Furlong 4. Iain Henderson 5. James Ryan 6. Peter O’Mahony 7. Josh van der Flier 8. CJ Stander

Replacements: 16. Niall Scannell 17. Dave Kilcoyne 18. Andrew Porter 19. Tadhg Beirne 20. Jack Conan 21. Luke McGrath 22. Jack Carty 23. Chris Farrell.

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