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Mark Noble did little to convince anyone of his Irish roots when he tried his hand at hurling

The Hammers were in Ireland for their annual pre-season trip.

WEST HAM UNITED returned to Fota Island in Cork last week to begin their preparations for the new season and two players decided to try their hand at hurling – with a little help from some locals.

Mark Noble, who had the option to declare for Ireland under the ‘granny rule’, and Welsh defender James Collins enjoyed a puck around after training as Slaven Bilic runs the rule over his new squad.

Collins was quick to pick up the technique, although Noble needed a bit more time, and some assistance, to get to grips with the hurl and sliotar.

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The Hammers were in Ireland a little earlier this year as they look to qualify for the Europa League group stages having entered the competition via the Fair Play league.

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