Ireland International Jordan Larmour Compared To All Blacks Star
Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster has compared prodigy Jordan Larmour to All Blacks sensation Damian McKenzie, stating his “unpredictability” sets him apart from the rest.
Larmour burst onto the scene last year with Leinster, while still on a development contract. The talented youngster played a pivotal role for Ireland and Leinster, wining a Six Nations Grand Slam, as well as the PRO14 and Champions Cup.
“He reminds me of the threat that Damian McKenzie brings for the All Blacks, you don’t know what he is going to do and when he is going to do it and that unpredictability sets Jordan apart from other players I have coached recently,” Lancaster told the Times.
“He is a very quick learner and not that type of player that will just run and run and run, because people pay him more attention now,”
“He’s already got more attention this year than he did last year, people didn’t know who he was. That happens as a young player: you are on this upward curve and then people give you more attention and sometimes they plateau a bit, but the best ones kick on again.”
Larmour himself says he actually pays special attention to McKenzie, as well as Ireland teammate Keith Earls. Both players he feels can help him add to his game.
“I think it’s important to be open-minded and see how other players play, how they operate. “Damian McKenzie is an unbelievable player, so trying to add a few things off him, new ideas might help my game a bit.” Larmour said.
“I like to watch Earlsy a lot and see how he goes about his business. He’s an unbelievable player, so you’re trying to get better and improve. Anything that will help that, you want to incorporate into your game.”