10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Gerard has been working with the IRFU since 1992 in a variety of roles including Match Manager for Lansdowne Road.
In 2003, he was seconded to the Irish Team for the Rugby World Cup as squad administrator where he was responsible for all logistical issues in the lead up to and during the tournament. He was appointed Team Manager in 2005 and moved to his current position where he is responible for logistics and planning for all Irish Representative teams.