Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton declared fit for Ireland's clash against England

Conor Murray, pictured centre, needed treatment after suffering a shoulder injury in Wales
Conor Murray, pictured centre, needed treatment after suffering a shoulder injury in Wales
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Ireland will be hoping to sign off from the ongoing Six Nations tournament on a high after fly-half Johnny Sexton and scrum-half Conor Murray declared fit to take on England.

Both, Sexton and Murray have recovered from head and shoulder injuries respectively which they sustained during the 22-9 defeat to Wales last weekend at Principality Stadium.

Ireland team manager Paul Dean confirmed that Sexton has successfully completed a Head Injury Assessment which has cleared him of concussion. Murray was replaced in the 45th minute in the game against Wales but Dean insisted that the 27-year-old is fit to take the field at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

“Johnny Sexton underwent a precautionary HIA at the weekend. Concussion has been ruled out and he’s available for selection,”said Dean.

“Jonathan went through all the concussion tests, so he’s completely clear. He has a black eye, which is not his best look, but other than that, he should be fine.

“Conor Murray sustained a stinger injury to his left shoulder. He’s responded well to treatment and he’s available for selection. A stinger injury is a curious injury, it’s a numbness that happens on the pitch. You recover quite quickly, all going well.

“Conor’s such a very good player, we gave him as much opportunity to recover from the stinger, but as you all saw he didn’t recover completely, and we had to take him off. But he’s fine, he’s fine."

Meanwhile, Ulster wing Tommy Bowe suffered a broken leg during the encounter and has been replaced by Leinster’s Fergus McFadden in the squad.

“Tommy Bowe has a suspected fracture of his left leg. He’ll see a specialist (on Monday) and he’s back at Ulster, and we wish Tommy a speedy recovery. Fergus McFadden will train with the squad this week, and he replaces Tommy Bowe.”

Ireland were already defeated by Scotland and Wales in the tournament and will be hoping to avoid a defeat against England on Saturday. The last time they lost all the three Triple Crown matches in one championship was in 1998.

A victory for England at Aviva Stadium will make them the sixth team to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles and also will help them surpass New Zealand's world record of 18 consecutive victories.

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