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Rory McIlory says spirits are high with the addition of Jon Rahm to Europe's team

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Rory McIlroy has shed light on the European Ryder Cup team dynamic, and the group's relationship with newcomer Jon Rahm, ahead of the tournament's start on Friday.

The 21-year old Spaniard links up with some of the sport's top golfers as the Europeans attempt to wrestle the trophy back from 2016 winners, the USA.

Rahm will enter the event on a high, having reached No.2 in the world rankings earlier this year, after victory in the CareerBuilder Challenge at Palm Springs.

He also boasts a top-four finish in this year's Masters tournament.

And McIlroy, a 3-time Ryder Cup winner, believes that Rahm will be an invaluable asset to the side as they look to regain the title they last won in 2014.

''I'm expecting great things from Jon, I played 18 holes with him in practice and he seems to be playing really well, if we played together that is something I would look forward to.''

The Northern Irishman was the same age as his new teammate when he made his Ryder Cup debut in 2010 and thinks that Rahm may even be above the level that he was at that stage.

''He is more vocal than I was on my first Ryder Cup, but then he is a better player than I was.''

2018 Ryder Cup - Previews

The team have set up a WhatsApp group as they look to integrate Rahm ahead of the event at Guyancourt, and the Spaniard is already more than involved.

Rahm himself revealed that he was the wrong end of a prank by McIlroy after a grueling training session on the course.

"I was on the physio table after the round with needles in me. Because of jet-lag, I was completely asleep," the Spaniard said.

"So Rory decided it was a perfect time to take a picture of me in my underwear and post it on the chat and say I couldn't handle him hitting it past me every single drive.'

"At first I was a little bit hesitant on what to say. I didn't want to p*** off anybody, and once I realised what the tone was going to be, within 30 seconds, it's pretty much freewheel to say what you want to anybody, which is obviously a great thing because we all have a lot of fun."

2018 Ryder Cup - Previews

With the team seemingly in high spirits with one another ahead of the tee off later this week, the Europeans bring one of the strongest sides in years to the course.

From McIlroy's world-class status to Rahm's sky-high potential, and the guidance of veteran Sergio Garica, the team is well-prepared to challenge an equally-talented US team, that has been described as 'more together than it used' to be by McIlroy.

The Americans are also welcoming back into the fold Tiger Woods, whose sensational comeback has added a bite to the team already led by Jordan Speith and Rickie Fowler.

The tournament will run from 26-28 September on the Le Golf National course, in the suburbs of Paris.

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