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.
Happily however, the news about the injury is good and he will be able to lead his side in the May 4th decider. " It was one of our own players that clattered into me and initially I thought it was all over as regards the final. " said the big number 8." But thankfully it's not as bad as I first thought and I'll be fine in a few days."
Garryowen were possibly a little unfortunate in that they found Cork Con on one of their best days with Mick O'Driscoll again producing a towering performance and Frank Sheahan deadly accurate with his line out throwing.
They now face a Shannon side who were narrow 15-12 winners over Clontarf in a game that Shannon dominated while the Dublin side never threatened the home side's line.