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.
Alain Rolland was in charge of the game between Scotland and Wales. There are also appointments for Alan Lewis, Simon McDowell and Peter Fitzgibbon in the Championship games to come.
Meanwhile, Ireland will also be well represented at the IRB RWC Sevens tournament in Dubai next month.
As well as the Ireland squad travelling over to compete, there is a strong contingent from the IRFU referee panel with David Keane, Simon McDowell and Aoife McCarthy (the first Irish woman selected to officiate at an IRB tournament).
Keane, a Referee Development Officer with the IRFU, will captain the 40-strong referee panel for the Dubai event. This panel includes referees, assistant referees, in-goal assistants, sub controllers and time keepers.
The RWC Sevens will be broadcast in Ireland on Setanta and in the UK on Sky with online coverage also available through the IRB website.
For more information on the Rugby World Cup Sevens, please visit www.rwcsevens.com
RBS 6 NATIONS - IRISH REFEREE AND ASSISTANT REFEREE APPOINTMENTS:
Referee: Italy v Wales
Assistant Referee: Wales v England
Referee: Scotland v Wales; Italy v France
Assistant Referee: France v Wales
Referee: France v Scotland
Assistant Referee: Scotland v Italy
Assistant Referee: France v Wales, England v Scotland
Television Match Official: Wales v England
Assistant Referee: Wales v England, Italy v France
Television Match Official: France v Wales
TMO: Wales V England