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.
Denis Leamy's all-action displays in New Zealand and Australia have seen him romp home in our poll to find out who you rated as Ireland's best player on the recent summer tour.
Leamy played in all three Test matches and was roundly praised for his efforts as Ireland's number 8 - BBC Sport's Jim Stokes summed up the Munster man's contribution brilliantly when he wrote: "Leamy was involved in everything and he did it with superb skill, and energy throughout. A world class performer with more to come.
"The 24-year-old is a lineout option; he can run with the ball in hand with great strength and pace; he can tackle, and hard too, and can pilfer the ball on the deck as any good openside can."
Leamy topped our latest poll with a whopping 54% - 1156 votes! We asked you: "Who did you rate as Ireland's best player during the summer tour?"
Leinster centre Gordon D'Arcy grabbed second place with 17%. Munster lock Paul O'Connell tallied up 12% for third, while Leinster and Ireland centre and captain Brian O'Driscoll finished level pegging with Munster flanker David Wallace on 8.5%.