United Rugby Championship: Jordan Larmour only focused on Leinster despite upcoming All Blacks series

Date published: June 9 2022 - Dylan Coetzee

Leinster outside back Jordan Larmour is solely focused on the remainder of the United Rugby Championship season despite Ireland’s upcoming tour of New Zealand.

The Dublin outfit welcome the Bulls to the Aviva Stadium for a semi-final clash after destroying Glasgow Warriors 76-14 in the quarter-finals.

Short-term focus

Larmour admits that he has thought about the New Zealand tour but is primarily concerned about making Leinster’s starting line-up for the Bulls clash.

“It’s definitely in the back of my mind [New Zealand tour]. Everyone would love to be on the plane, but for me at the moment I think it’s just important I focus on this week and playing well in training. Put my hand up for selection and hopefully get selected this weekend,” Larmour said.

“That’s where all my focus is. I’m not looking too far ahead of this weekend because I want to be playing and playing well so all of my focus is on that now.”

Leinster boast impressive squad depth, meaning places in the matchday 23 are at a premium. Larmour would have loved to have been involved in his side’s Champions Cup final against La Rochelle but understands head coach Leo Cullen’s decision.

“It was always in the back of my head I might not get selected. Some lads had been playing really well all season. You can only pick a 23 and there are so many lads playing so well. I would have loved to have been involved but that’s the way it went,” Larmour said.

“I can understand why so I kind of just took that one on the chin and then focused on that next week, getting back into training and trying to put my hand up. I’d just come back from a 10-week injury. I’d only played one game, so I probably didn’t have much of an argument. Leo is very good at explaining why you’re not playing or why you’re not getting selected.

“We all know he can only pick 23 for a match day squad. There’s so much competition and lads are playing well so it is tough, but it’s important you don’t dwell on it. You might use that disappointment or frustration to kind of fire you up and kick you on.

“The last few weeks I’ve just been focusing on getting back training and trying to get back up to speed with all of the lads. I kind of just said I would come back training at full speed and that was my game plan really.”

The speedster knows the first step to booking a ticket to New Zealand is to play consistently well for Leinster, and he is looking to continue where he left off after a strong display against Glasgow.

“I think you’ve got to be playing well for Leinster in order to get into the Irish team, so that’s where all my focus is. Trying to play well for Leinster and just keep putting up my hand. Everything else is out of my control, but I can focus on my performance and where I can grow and get better,” Larmour added.

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