Leinster’s Larmour still sore over Six Nations but eager for Munster clash

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By Kenneth Fox

For most rugby fans, Ireland’s Six Nation loss to England back in February is just a distant memory. For the Irish players though, it was the last time they played rugby and for Jordan Larmour it still stings.

“Yeah it was pretty frustrating, especially coming off that loss against England. Anytime you lose a game you just want to get back on the pitch and get back to winning.

“So that was definitely a tough one to take and you were just thinking about it for a while because we still haven’t played a game since then. So that was definitely frustrating,” he said.

Irish coach Andy Farrell put a lot of trust in Larmour during the Six Nations playing him at fullback for the three games. For someone who is traditionally a winger, it was a tough adjustment but one he got more comfortable with as the tournament progressed.

“I was just focusing on playing the best I could and obviously there are always things to work on.

For example in the Welsh game I kicked the ball out on the full, so my kicking skills need to get better.”

In terms of Ireland’s performance in the Six Nations, he felt they were not that far off it:

“I thought as a team we were nearly there and there are always things we can improve and get better on.I think we were all pretty frustrated that the Italian game did not go ahead and we were just thinking about that loss to England.

“Look it is what it is and hopefully we will get to finish off the Six Nations and try do the best we can.”

The new normal

With the Six Naitions fixtures coming up in October and the Pro 14 resuming this month, there is plenty of rugby ahead. However, so much has changed since February, as a global pandemic has meant sport has understandably taken a back seat over the past few months.

In terms of the protocols at Leinster regarding physical distancing, Larmour says they are well equipped to deal with it:

Leinster's Larmour still sore over Six Nations but eager for Munster clash

“I suppose, first and foremost, everyday we have to fill out a form before you go to training about how you are feeling and if you have any symptoms. Then you rock up to Leinster and you have a temperature check.

“Some lads will get changed out in their cars and in the changing room there are places blocked off to maintain social distancing there.

“Then in the canteen, when we are getting our food, it is two metres apart and in the gym we are two metres apart. We have to sanitise the equipment after we use it and out on the pitch after we use the balls and the tackling pads and everything, it is all cleaned down and sanitised.

“Full credit to the backroom staff at Leinster they have done a great job,” he said.

With an August 22nd date set at the Aviva against Munster, Larmour is looking forward to getting back on the pitch and playing.

“Anytime we play Munster it is always a bit spicy but it is massively exciting and everyone is raring to go. Playing Munster in the Aviva is pretty big and I am just really looking forward to get back playing rugby again.”

Energia ambassador Jordan Larmour has launched the first of a two-part social documentary giving insight into his rollercoaster season of rugby – available to watch on www.energia.ie/rugby/jordan-larmour

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