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Coach Joe Schmidt gives Irish green light to discuss Grand Slam ambitions

Savour the occasion: Conor Murray PICTURE: PA

IRELAND have finally lifted the ban on Grand Slam talk, Conor Murray has revealed.

Joe Schmidt’s side claimed a third Six Nations title in five years with the weekend’s 28-8 win over Scotland in Dublin.

Now the Irish could seal just a third-ever clean sweep with a victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday.

‘We can start talking about it now, because that’s what’s in front of us if things go well,’ said scrum-half Murray of Ireland’s bid to emulate the 1948 and 2009 slams.

‘It would be right up there, probably at the top. Only Rob [Kearney] and Rory [Best] are left that have won a slam.

‘It’s not daunting, it’s a massive occasion, but it’s one this group is going to enjoy and relish.’