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Michael Murphy and Shane Williams rumoured to be on board for Toughest Trade 2017

The Toughest Trade is heading for its third series.

Michael Murphy Michael Murphy in action for Donegal. Source: Presseye/Donna McBride/INPHO

DONEGAL FOOTBALLER MICHAEL Murphy is reported to be one of the Irish participants to feature in the 2017 edition of The Toughest Trade documentary, according to a report.

Since its inception, The Toughest Trade has allowed Irish sport stars to sample other sports as part of a swap with athletes who come over to Ireland to take on our indigenous sports.

Last year, Brendan Maher (Tipperary hurlers) tried his hand at cricket, while Aidan O’Shea (Mayo footballers) took on American Football.

This year, it appears that the 2012 All-Ireland winning Donegal captain is on the roster for the next series which is due to be aired on RTÉ in March.

The Irish Mirror reports that Murphy is expected to travel to France in the new year to take up rugby with the Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne.

In his absence, former Welsh international Shane Williams is reported to be coming over to Donegal to take up Gaelic football with the senior county champions Glenswilly.

Williams is due to arrive in the middle of January where he will train with Murphy’s club before taking part in a challenge match.

During his week-long stay, Williams is also expected to visit the local schools as well as Murphy’s shop, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure, which the 27-year-old runs along with his Donegal teammate Neil Gallagher.

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