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.
Dean, who has only been playing rugby for 18 months as part of the Unidare RFC Dublin 11 Project, impressed the New Zealand coaches with his extraordinary skills and raw talent.
As a result of his selection, he will spend six months living, working and playing rugby with Matamata United Sports in New Zealand.
The rugby exchange project seeks to promote the game in areas of Dublin city where it does not typically have a strong following, in addition to strengthening the sporting links between the two countries and has kindly been supported by the New Zealand Ireland Association, Alltrans Transport and DCU Sport.
Commenting on the announcement, Joe Harton, President of Unidare RFC, said: "We are delighted to afford this opportunity to Dean and we feel that from a playing and life experience viewpoint this trip will be of great benefit both to Dean and the whole Unidare community."
The programme was launched in November of last year by His Excellency the Ambassador for New Zealand, Derek Leask.
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