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 field, despite the torrents of rain, seems to be in good condition. W look forward to an exciting contest here in Dublin.
Today's Irish team mascot is Nicholas McCarthy from Naas, Co. Kildare. Nicholas is nearly ten years old and is a winger with Naas rugby Club. Denis Hickie and Brian O' Driscoll are the players that Nicholas looks up to. He wishes the boys the best of luck today.