Jordan Larmour didn't want to give too much away but he has hinted that Ireland’s game plan will be different under new boss Andy Farrell.

The new head coach's predecessor Joe Schmidt brought unprecedented success to Irish rugby with a style based on a brilliantly executed but prescribed plan that reached its apex in 2018 before losing its effectiveness the following season.

Larmour earned an Ireland debut under Schmidt and won 21 caps with the New Zealander at the helm. 

The 22-year-old Leinster flyer starts at full-back on Saturday against Scotland in Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations opener.

We need your consent to load this SoundCloud contentWe use SoundCloud to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

He said: "Andy talked about letting us express ourselves but we still have a game plan, we are still going to follow it.

"If there is an opportunity there you've got to take it. That's the name of the game, taking your opportunities, scoring tries, building a lead and scores. It's very exciting, there's a good buzz in camp.

"When we talk about expressing ourselves it's not about throwing an offload that's not there, or being loose with the ball.

"If the offload or a ball over the top or a kick in behind, whatever scenario you are in [is there] you take it with a calculated risk.

"You are not just throwing a ball over the back or your head for the sake of it, you know where it's going.

"A team like Scotland, you can't give them cheap turnover ball because with their back three, counter-attack, they'll rip you apart.

"It's a fine line between throwing the offload, and tuck and carry, it's just about finding that balance."

Larmour, who forms a back three alongside Jacob Stockdale and Andrew Conway, has been working with former England World Cup-winning centre Mike Catt, who is the new attack coach with Ireland.

"He's an open and honest guy," said Larmour.

"He's a good character to have around and he's full of energy, you can have a bit of craic with him but when it comes to rugby we are focused and serious.

"He's been really good, has brought some new things in that hopefully we can implement on the weekend."

Follow Ireland v Scotland (kick-off 4.45pm) on Saturday via our live blog on and the News Now app or listen live on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport. Highlights on Against the Head, Monday at 8pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.