Jordan Larmour has admitted that he isn’t wary of opposition teams targeting him at fullback as he backs himself in the 15 jersey which he reveals is his preference if he had to choose.
The 21-year-old looks set to be involved this weekend as Leinster take on Ulster in the quarter-final of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Friday’s team announcement will reveal whether Larmour gets the nod on the wing or fullback and speaking to the media on Monday, the St Andrew’s alumnus revealed his fondness for the 15 jersey.
“I like full back,” Larmour said when asked to choose his preference between the wing and fullback.
“It suits me there. But you know, it’s just about getting the chance to play anywhere really and just put your hand up and keep getting selected.’
Larmour added: “Yeah, I suppose you have a bit more freedom there. On the wing, you can come off your wing but sometimes you’re standing out there with a crossfield kick happening. At fullback, you have a bit more freedom to roam around and come into the line whenever.”
Although all back-three players have to deal with high balls, a full back tends to be in this situation more often than not and Larmour admits he isn’t worried about opposition teams targeting him in this regard.
“Not really to be honest. I work on it every day. I back myself up there. If teams kick there, I’m confident enough to go up and get it. Same with if we’re kicking the ball, I’m confident I can chase after it and get up at it. It’s just a skill that I keep growing.”
Looking ahead to the clash with Ulster on Saturday, Larmour is aware of their various threats, none so more than his international colleague Jacob Stockdale.
“Yeah, you know Jacob, everyone knows him. He’s a world class player. Skillset is good, good kicking game, good under the high ball and obviously, a top class finisher. I actually played with him at U18s for a season and I think he scored a try in every game. Pretty much what he’s doing now.
“Yeah, we know him. We’ll do our prep, do our homework on him. He’s a big player for them. Big players step up in big games so we’re going to have to be ready when he gets the ball, it’s all hands on deck.”