Leinster outside back Jordan Larmour is determined to keep a “positive mindset” as he was ruled out with injury again just as he was beginning to find some form.
Four years from his Ireland debut, Larmour has a Grand Slam to his name but has fallen down the pecking order at international level.
Badly timed injury
The 24-year-old is currently sidelined with a hip flexor problem as part of a lengthy injury list that has disrupted his career. However, making the Ireland squad for the tour of New Zealand would serve as a platform to rediscover his best form.
“It’s tough. The competition is high at the moment, but I do think that competition gets the best out of you,” Larmour told the Irish Independent.
“My last few games for Leinster I thought I’d found a bit of form, I was playing well again.
“This injury’s come at an annoying time because I thought I was going well, but the messages at the moment are, kind of, to keep doing what I’m doing – keep working hard off the ball, and doing the basics really well.
“Then those opportunities will come and it’s just about taking them. So, for me, it’s about focusing really hard – and then doing the basics really well.
“It can be tough at times, not getting selected, picking up a few injuries, having a few setbacks. It can be tough, but I think it’s just important to keep a positive mindset.
“All I can really do is just show up every day and work as hard as I can.
“So that’s what I try to focus on, working hard, doing all I can to get back being selected – and keeping the body in good health, so I’m not picking up injuries.
“But, yeah, it can be tough. It can take a hit in your confidence.
“So it’s just important that your mindset is in a good spot – and you’re working hard, setting goals to get back to where you want to be. And how you’re going to do that along the way, I think is really important.
“Just trying to stay positive and just keep working hard that’s all you can do, really.”
Larmour still shows the exuberance he once had as a young player and looks to express himself on the field.
“To be honest, I don’t think I have (changed). I don’t think I’ve gone away from that kid when I’d just broken onto the scene. Maybe I’ve matured a bit more, but when I’m put there I’m just playing what I’m seeing in front of me, going out there and expressing myself,” he said.
“Maybe a few games where I’ve been overthinking it, or not backing myself. That’s when I might have had a bad performance but I try to do my best – just go out there and just have fun and, like I said, express myself and not overthink things. Just kind of go for it.”
Larmour now shifts his attention to returning to the field and playing well enough for Ireland coach Andy Farrell to select him for the tour of New Zealand.
“Definitely, it would be a cool one to go on,” he said.
“Speaking to the lads it is an extremely tough place to go and win.
“It’s in the back of the mind but at the moment, right now my focus is on getting fit, getting back playing for Leinster and playing well.
“The New Zealand tour I won’t think about a huge amount … it would be a cool place to go and play.”
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