Sunday 26 February 2017

Irish rugby stars fly like Michael Jordan at Chicago Bulls training facility

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Jordi Murphy of Ireland shoots a basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jordi Murphy of Ireland shoots a basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

They are more comfortable with an oval ball but these pictures show that the Irish rugby squad are also pretty nifty with its round cousin.

Ahead of their clash with the All Blacks this weekend Joe Schmidt's charges were put through their paces at the Chicago Bulls training facility.

Jonathan Sexton of Ireland plays some basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton of Ireland plays some basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
CJ Stander, 2nd from right, of Ireland and his team-mates play basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton of Ireland watches basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton of Ireland watches basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Garry Ringrose of Ireland plays basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Donnacha Ryan of Ireland plays basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
CJ Stander, right, of Ireland and his team-mates watch basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
CJ Stander of Ireland plays basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jonathan Sexton, left, Jordi Murphy and Rob Kearney of Ireland play basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jared Payne (L) and Garry Ringrose of Ireland play basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jared Payne of Ireland plays basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jordi Murphy of Ireland plays basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
CJ Stander of Ireland plays basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Cian Healy of Ireland plays basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Garry Ringrose of Ireland plays basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Garry Ringrose of Ireland plays some basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Devin Toner of Ireland dunks a basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Jordi Murphy of Ireland shoots a basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ireland players, from left, Jack McGrath, Andrew Trimble, Craig Gilroy and Jared Payne watch basketball during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Members of the Ireland team during a squad visit to the Chicago Bulls training facility, The Advocate Center, in Chicago, USA. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Johnny Sexton, CJ Stander and Donnacha Ryan all struggled to slam dunk but it wasn't such a task for 6'10" Devin Toner.

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