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Larmour willing to keep learning from Kearney in bid for his jersey

 

Learning curve: Jordan Larmour soaks everything up
Learning curve: Jordan Larmour soaks everything up

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Jordan Larmour is a young man with many virtues and he's had to prioritise patience in the early stages of his career.

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Arguably Ireland's best player at the World Cup, he was confined to the bench for the all-important quarter-final defeat to New Zealand.

By the time the 22-year-old came on and started causing the All Blacks all sorts of problems, the game was already up.

Still, he was a real attacking threat who carried the fight for an already doomed team and, when he returned to Leinster, he did so in flying form.

Like almost all of his team-mates, Larmour is unwilling to dwell on Japan. Even though he was one of the few who came home in credit, he is quick to move on from the topic.

"I'd like to think so," he said when asked if he was a better player for the experience. "For experience, I don't think it gets much better than that. It was a really cool experience.

"That's just rugby. It was frustrating the way it didn't go our way but that happened two months ago and all our focus now is back on Leinster."

While Joe Schmidt was reluctant to start Larmour despite his scintillating form and game-breaking ability, Leinster - who travel to Northampton on Saturday - have had little hesitation and they've been rewarded by strong performances.

Picked ahead of Rob Kearney for the opener at home to Benetton, he reverted to the right wing in Lyon and for now he's happy to move across the back-three to suit the needs of the coaches.

And he says he is learning from the vastly experienced Louthman whose jersey he ultimately covets.

"I get on really well with Rob," Larmour said. "That relationship has grown over the last two or three years and he is still a world-class player and there's lots I can still learn from him.

"It's never been said or anything but I can go to him for things I need to work on or things I can ask him about."

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