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Brent Pope Believes 'Rugby's Next Superstar' Should Start v Italy

Brent Pope Believes 'Rugby's Next Superstar' Should Start v Italy

Having secured a rare victory in Paris on Saturday evening, Ireland will now look ahead to the remaining fixtures in this year's Six Nations with a degree of quiet confidence.

Although rumours of a weak French side had convinced many that Ireland's victory was a matter-of-fact before stepping foot on the Stade de France, the last ditch manner of Johnny Sexton's winning drop-goal has temporarily abated concerns that Joe Schmidt's side under-performed.

With Italy next on the agenda, it will be expected that like England in week one, Ireland must be ruthless and secure the bonus point that will be on offer.

For Brent Pope, such a scenario makes this the perfect opportunity to give Leinster's Jordan Larmour his Six Nations berth; "I'd put him in, absolutely."

Speaking on the Balls.ie 'Six Nations Take-Away', Pope has long been a believer in trusting his gut instinct with players, and believes Larmour has what it takes at this level:

I remember years ago, with my father when we first watched Brian O'Driscoll ... Gary Ringrose I saw [when he was] at school. Jordan, I first saw play for the U-20s last year against England and he was the outstanding player on the park.

Despite Ireland losing that match, and despite England having all these players [already] playing senior rugby, he just tore the place apart ... and I think he is going to be the next superstar of rugby.

He has everything.

High praise indeed from the New Zealand man, citing Larmour's exemplary attitude and willingness to learn as further evidence of his inevitable success, Pope is certain that Joe Schmidt should "give him a chance" against Italy, even if it is from the bench.

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With Ireland set to face Wales in week 3, Schmidt will be keen to ensure Ireland perform to their potential against Italy and approach their final trio of games in the best condition possible.

You can watch all of Pope's thoughts on the game against France and the remainder of the Six Nations below.

See Also: The Irish Team We Want To See Picked To Face Italy On Saturday

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