Ireland centre Garry Ringrose has backed Jordan Larmour to step up to the plate if he is asked to start at full-back against Argentina this Saturday.
With Rob Kearney likely to miss the first home game of the November window, his Leinster colleague is in pole position after his stunning hat-trick of tries in the comprehensive win over Italy in Chicago last weekend.
Ringrose says the 21-year-old won’t get carried away with the hype that greeted his performance, but has no doubts that he will perform if selected to face the Pumas at the Aviva Stadium.
“No, he wouldn’t get too carried away,” the centre said.
“He’s one of the more hard working guys out there and it’s great to see it pay dividends on the pitch so, his personality, he sticks with what works for him and works incredibly hard training and is always working hard off the pitch and asking questions.
“I’ve no doubt that he’s going to keep going at that.
“He’d say it himself that each game is a learning experience for him because you forget how young he is.
“So he knows every game is almost bigger than the previous so he plays I’ve no doubt he’d take full advantage of any opportunity he gets but he knows there is stuff to work on.
“He’d be the first person to say it, that’s the type of person he is. I think he’s someone who provides a huge amount of energy on and off the pitch, the training pitch, and obviously on match days.
“I don’t think anything would change selection wise with him.”
Ringrose was among a contingent of players who arrived back from the United States early this morning to join up with the squad members who remained in Ireland last week.
And now he faces a selection battle of his own with Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw fit for the meeting with Argentina.
He is not letting Joe Schmidt’s dilemma get to him.
“I probably wouldn’t use (the word) anxious because selection is never in any of our control, so you never worry about it too much,” he said.
“Obviously you want to be out there and play. Any player wants that. It will be interesting to see, I think ultimately the bottom line is we drive the collective and whoever is lucky enough to go out, it’s up to the rest of the group to prepare the team as well as we can.
“Yeah, when the team goes out, there are some who are happy and others disappointed but ultimately we’re all in for the same thing. That will be the focus for the week.”
Ringrose partnered Aki in Chicago, but may be re-united with his club colleague Henshaw this weekend.
“It’s great to get a chance to play with him (Aki),” he said.
“I’ve played a couple of times with him now and obviously he has the physical aspect to his game but he’s a brilliant footballer so he’s good to play outside of.
“He talks well on the pitch so there was a good line of communication there. We didn’t get it right every time but when we did build into our shape, we managed to get a bit of success on the edge once or twice.
“It’s not too dissimilar. They’re both world-class players on both sides of the ball, so it doesn’t differ too much with the quality of communication and the quality of ball you get.
“There’s also that expectation to get to their level, their standard and provide for them equally on the other side.”
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