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.
Mel Deane, the ex-Connacht centre now with Sale, and Justin Bishop of London Irish, have been called in for the four day training session in Belfast this week in light of the injury crisis. Maggs is almost certainly out for the remainder of the Six Nations championship after sustaining a broken arm and Rob Henderson is not expected to be fully fit again in time for Saturday week's match at home to Italy. Meanwhile the Ireland squad have assembled in Belfast for a four day training session which begins today. Their session tomorrow afternoon (3pm) in Ravenhill will be open to the public.