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Larmour glad to step out of comfort zone to drive ahead

On mission: Jordan Larmour wants to be a complete player
On mission: Jordan Larmour wants to be a complete player

By Cian Tracey

Since coming back from the World Cup, Jordan Larmour has decided to use his electric footwork to step out of his comfort zone as well as to bamboozle defenders.

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It's all part of his quest to become a more complete player as he looks to cement his place as both Leinster's and Ireland's first-choice full-back.

The changing of the guard is well underway in that regard, with further evidence of that arriving when Rob Kearney was left out of Andy Farrell's training squad.

Larmour has been in scintillating form for a while now and a conversation with Stuart Lancaster at the start of the season helped clear his mind in terms of the improvements he felt he needed to make in his game.

Leinster's attacking shape demands that the full-back must step into the line and provide an option as first receiver, which Larmour is only too happy to do.

The 22-year-old will be hoping that Mike Catt has the same kind of philosophy as his former England boss as Ireland's new attack coach plans for his first Six Nations.

Larmour wants to get his hands on the ball as often as possible, and with Leinster - who face Lyon on Sunday - playing to his strengths, he feels that offering himself as that play-making option is becoming second nature to him.

"It's a bit of Stuart and it's a bit of me," he said of the change in his thinking. "When I came back (from Japan), I sat down with him and said I want to step up and be more of a ball player as well, so I'm working on that.

"I've done it a few times this season, stepping up. It's important, being a 15 you've got to be able to play a two-sided attack, so when you get back up off the ground, you're scanning, seeing if you can go back down the short side or work the open side.

"You have to see where the space is, and play the space. It's something I'm conscious of and continuing to work on."

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