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.
Declan Kidney has named his starting fifteen ahead of Friday night's clash with Leicester Tigers in Musgrave Park (KO 7pm). As expected Frank Sheahan, who was injured in the opening round of the Heineken Cup last October, makes a welcome return to the side.
15. Christian Cullen, 14. John Kelly, 13. Tom Gleeson, 12. James Downey, 11. Ian Dowling, 10. Jeremy Manning, 9. Chris Delooze, 1. Eugene McGovern, 2. Frank Sheahan, 3. Federico Pucciariello, 4. Chris Wyatt, 5. Donnacha Ryan, 6. James Coughlan, 7. Brendan Cuttriss, 8. John O' Sullivan
Replacements: Tim Ryan, Sean Cronin, Darragh Ryan, Ross Noonan, Shane O' Connor, Tomas O' Leary, Shaun Payne, Mossy Lawlor, Eoghan Hickey, Ciaran O' Boyle