Jordan Larmour freed up after selection for World Cup squad
Ireland player tells of sitting beside his phone all day hoping he did not get a call
Ireland’s Jordan Larmour charges at Wales’s Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies during the World Cup warm-up at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
It was a phone call that none of the Ireland players wanted to receive last Sunday week, to see head coach Joe Schmidt’s number pop up on the screen meant only one thing, the news that they would not be part of Ireland’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Jordan Larmour was tempted to turn off the phone, but knew that he would not be able to ward off bad tidings – at some point he would have to turn it on again. Instead he did what every self-respecting young man would in the circumstances and willed it not to ring.