Six Nations 2018: Uncapped Jordan Larmour on Ireland bench for Italy game

Jordan Larmour has made 14 games for Leinster since making his debut for the Irish province last September
Jordan Larmour's six Leinster tries this season have included stunning scores against Ulster and Munster
Six Nations 2018: Ireland v Italy
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday, 10 February Kick-off: 14:15 GMT
Coverage: Live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Ulster. Live text commentary, report and video highlights on the BBC website and app.

Leinster back Jordan Larmour is set to make his Ireland debut after being named on the bench for Saturday's Six Nations game against Italy.

The 20-year-old's six tries in 14 games since making his Leinster debut in September have included stunning solo scores against Ulster and Munster.

Six Nations debutant Jack Conan, Jack McGrath, Devin Toner and Dan Leavy are drafted into Ireland's pack.

CJ Stander, Cian Healy, James Ryan and injured Josh van der Flier drop out.

Larmour has burst on Ireland's rugby scene this season by producing a series of exhilarating performances with his ability to step off both feet without losing acceleration making him a huge handful for defences.

"I expect Jordan to provide what he's been providing in the provincial matches so far, that raw acceleration and the ability to beat players," said Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

"It's a good situation that he could potentially slot in around experienced players."

The starting backline is unchanged from the dramatic win in Paris as last-gasp drop-goal hero Johnny Sexton again starts at fly-half despite earlier speculation that the British & Irish Lions star could be rested for the visit of the Italians.

Jack Conan will be making his first Six Nations appearance for Ireland in Saturday's game
Jack Conan scored one of Ireland tries as he earned his fifth cap in the November win over Fiji

Stander on bench as Conan starts

With Sean O'Brien and Rhys Ruddock both unavailable because of injury, Leavy, after coming on for van der Flier last weekend, starts in the back row alongside his Leinster team-mate Conan and Peter O'Mahony.

Flanker van der Flier will miss the remainder of the Six Nations after sustaining knee ligament damage in Paris.

Number eight Conan has earned five Ireland caps but Saturday's game against Conor O'Shea's Italians will be his first Six Nations contest.

Schmidt drafts in Conan as Lions star Stander drops to the bench after playing for the full 80 minute in the bruising Paris contest.

Toner returns to the second row despite Ryan's impressive performance last weekend while Schmidt rotates his loose-head props by recalling McGrath in place of Healy.

Saturday's encounter will be former Ireland full-back O'Shea's first match in Dublin as Azzurri head coach.

Schmidt's men have three home games - against Italy, Wales and Scotland - before the keenly anticipated match against England at Twickenham on 17 March.

Ireland team to face Italy: Kearney; Earls, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; McGrath, Best, Furlong; Toner, Henderson; O'Mahony, Leavy, Conan.

Replacements: Healy, Cronin, Porter, Roux, Stander, Marmion, Carbery, Larmour.

Six Nations table

Top Stories