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 First XV advanced to the 2nd round of the AIB Cup with a victory over Division 3 team Ards in the RDS on Saturday.
Shane Gahan kicked 2 first half penalties and converted a try from Greg Stafford leaving the scoreline 18 6 at halftime, Colum Murphy scoring the other Lansdowne try.
Ards started the 2nd half very strongly and converted 2 penalties to leave the score 18 12 mid way through the 2nd half.
Lansdowne raised their game and produced two fine tries from David Hewitt & Shane Gahan.
Final score Lansdowne 28 Ards 19.
Following their win over Portadown we now face our friends from Nenagh Ormonde in the 2nd round which is scheduled for October 17th in the RDS.