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 move is seen as a attempt by the Irish coach to givbe as many players as possible a run out ahead of the upcomg Test games.
The Ireland side went through a rigorous training session this morning at the Alpine Energy Stadium on a pitch adjacent to the main pitch. Declan Kidney put the backline through their paces while O'Sullivan and Niall O'Donovan concentrated on the forwards who spent some time on a Supa Powa scrummaging machine.
After the session the players make their now regular visit to the swimmimg pool before heading off to visit schools in the Timaru area.