Jack Conan wary of Wales as he parks Grand Slam talk
Jack Conan acknowledges history-chasing Ireland could "fall flat on our face" if they become sidetracked by talk of successive Grand Slam titles.
Andy Farrell's men are seeking to become the first side in the Guinness Six Nations era to complete consecutive championship clean sweeps.
Bonus-point victories over pre-tournament favourites France and perennial wooden spoon winners Italy have propelled the defending champions into pole position for more glory.
Winless Wales travel to Dublin in round three on 24 February before Ireland face further Triple Crown fixtures against England and Scotland next month.
Leinster back-rower Conan, who claimed the third of six tries in Sunday’s 36-0 demolition of the Azzurri, said: "I don’t think there’s a cautious excitement; there are just expectations within the group of what we do with the moment in front of your face.
"Before this week, there was no chat of Wales, Scotland, England, anything like that; it was Italy, Italy, Italy.
"That was all that mattered to us and that will be the case next week. It will all be about Wales.
"It’s great people outside of the environment [are excited about a potential Grand Slam], they can have that buzz all they want, but if we don’t go out and get the job done against Wales then we kind of fall flat on our face.
"We’re not looking at all past that, we’re not looking past the moment in front of our faces and just being present.
"It doesn’t always happen and there were loads of mistakes [against Italy] but I think it’s a pretty good starting point where we’re at at the moment."
Head coach Farrell has received regular praise for creating an enjoyable environment in the Ireland camp.
Conan believes a selflessness among the group has been key to recent successes,