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Should Jordan Larmour Be In Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations Plans?

Limerick , Ireland - 26 December 2017; Leinster's Jordan Larmour, left, James Lowe, centre, and Jamison Gibson-Park following the Guinness PRO14 Round 11 match between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park in Limerick. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Jordan Larmour is one of the most exciting players Irish rugby has produced in years.

The 20-year-old full-back has got everyone talking this season, in particular, his stunning solo tries against Munster and Ulster. The question is no longer will Larmour play for Ireland, but rather how soon until he lines out wearing green?

In his debut season for Leinster, he has made eleven appearances and scored four tries.

His phenomenal try against Munster got the whole country talking, with one writer comparing him to All Black legend Christian Cullen.

He is on Joe Schmidt’s radar, having been to an Ireland camp, but will his debut come in the Six Nations?

Another 20-year-old full-back who made his international debut lately is one Jordie Barrett.

The youngest Barrett is only a few months older than Larmour and made his All Black debut against Samoa after one season of professional rugby, and a stellar u-20 campaign.

The Hurricanes full-back looked at home on the international stage, even with so little experience. Barrett has also had no real physical development to do, a problem that faces many young backs, standing six-foot-five and weighing 96 kg.

Watching Larmour, it is obvious he has the skill-set to be a world class back three player. He has pace, great footwork, and the ability to change direction without slowing down.

His defence and high ball skills are more than adequate, so he has everything Joe Schmidt needs.

But does he need more time? The last underage prodigy Irish rugby had was Garry Ringrose.

Ringrose had to wait over a year for his international bow (against Canada in November 2016) but size may have been an issue for him, as he added almost 6kg in the time between his Leinster and Ireland debuts.

Larmour is definitely big enough, at 91kg and he has the skills, so why not give him a debut?

Barrett was in the same position after the Super Rugby season and he played for New Zealand, so why shouldn’t Larmour play for Ireland?

Outside of the World Cup, the Six Nations is definitely the most high-stakes rugby competition.

Every game is high pressure, and with England and Scotland both better than ever, and Ireland travelling to Paris, there is no easy games (with the probable exception of Italy).

It is not the best time to blood players, but when you have an exceptional talent like Jordan Larmour, it is hard to ignore.

With back three slots in great shape, the likes of Jacob Stockdale, Andrew Conway, Darren Sweetnam and even Rob Kearney back in good form, Schmidt may go with more experienced players.

The summer tour to Australia is a definite possibility for Larmour, and with a full season playing for Leinster under his belt, he should be a star.

But he may have to be patient.

Joseph O’Gorman, Pundit Arena 

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