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Best believes ‘there’s so much more to come’ from young star

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 09/11/2018 Hugh Farrelly
Rory Best looking at the camera © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

The oldest member of the Ireland squad has issued a glowing tribute to the youngest ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Argentina.

Rory Best is 36 and about to win his 112th cap against the Pumas, having made his debut for Ireland in 2005 when Jordan Larmour was eight years of age.

The Ireland captain was not in Chicago last week when the 21-year-old was the star of show as Schmidt’s men ripped apart Italy 54-7 in Soldier Field but has been hugely impressed with the youngster, on and off the pitch.


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Larmour scored three tries from full-back, displaying superb pace and footwork to leave the Italian defence in shreds and, with Rob Kearney unavailable against the Pumas, has the chance to build upon that performance with another start in the 15 jersey.

Rory Best looking at the camera: Best On Larmour © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Best On Larmour

Best certainly believes the Leinster tyro has the ability to produce in a far more testing environment against Argentina and has been equally won over by his attitude around the squad.

‘Jordan is a quality kid and not a lot fazes him, he just takes things in his stride,’ said Best.

‘You have utter confidence that he will deliver. There will be tight moments in the game and you need someone who can create something out of nothing and he has that.

‘He’s certainly very confident in his ability, but not over-confident, when he’s around the place he’s very respectful. He’s a well brought up kid, he doesn’t think he is any way above anyone else, he knows how to interact,’ added the Ireland captain.

a man holding a frisbee: Best On Larmour

Best On Larmour
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‘It’s really good, just to see how electric he was. And it’s also really good for Irish rugby because there is so much more to come from him.

‘The schools system is bringing these young players through and preparing them for an environment where they can flourish. The beauty of it is, some of these boys weren’t even born when Ireland were having tough times, they weren’t part of set-ups when we were getting beaten by 40, 50 or 60 points, so they don’t have skeletons hang-ups some of older guys have which is great.’

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