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.
The Irish Women's Rugby team has announced its 26 player squad to travel to this summer's World Cup.
There is only one new face in the squad with Blackrock centre Shannon Houstan included in an Irish line-up for the first time.
Fresh from their historic 15-8 victory over Canada at the weekend, Irish captain Sarahjane Belton said that the squad are looking forward to the World Cup in Canada with confidence.
We have a very tough pool with France the USA and South Africa, but that win has showed us that we can beat the world's top sides. Everything really came together for us at the weekend and we're all focusing now on the World Cup and concentrating on how we can beat those tough teams we will face.
The Women's Rugby world cup will take place in the Canadian city of Edmonton from August 31 to September 17.
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IRELAND's 2006 WORLD CUP SQUAD:
Marie Barrett (Highfield), Rachel Boyd (Cooke), Orla Brennan (Blackrock), Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemian), Rosie Foley (Shannon), Laura Guest (Clonakilty), Germaine Healy (Blackrock), Jean Lonergan (Shannon), Caroline Mahon (UL Bohemian), Gillian McAllister (Cooke), Joy Neville (Shannon), Yvonne Nolan (Blackrock), Eimear O'Sullivan (Clonakilty), Sinead Ryan (Navan)
Louise Beamish (UL Bohemian), SarahJane Belton (UL Bohemian), Lynne Cantwell (Trojans), Grace Davitt (Blackrock), Jeannette Feighery (UL Bohemian), Suzanne Fleming (Cooke), Amanda Greensmith (Shannon), Shannon Houston (Blackrock), Patrique Kelly (UL Bohemian), Nuala Ni Chadhain (Galwegians), Joanne O'Sullivan (Lichfield), Tania Rosser (Blackrock)