Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton fit to face England as Ireland look to save face and avoid unwanted record

Ireland hope to have both Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton available to face England in their final Six Nations encounter as Joe Schmidt’s side attempt to save face by preventing their rivals claiming a second successive Grand Slam.

Both Murray and Sexton were forced off the field during the disappointing 22-9 defeat by Wales last Friday night that subsequently ended Ireland’s hopes of winning the Six Nations title, which was confirmed when England thrashed Scotland the following day.

Murray was replaced shortly after half-time as he struggled to cope with a ‘stinger’ injury to his left shoulder, while Sexton required a

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