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.
Our commiserations go to the following two players: Brett McNamee (the Northampton Saints blind-side flanker) picked up a knee injury at the end of the season, which has ruled him out. Brett was ever-present throughout the Six Nations, captaining Ireland U21s v. England. Some consolation for Brett is that he has been given a full-time first team contract by the Saints for the coming season. Dan Smith (the Bath lock and former Ireland U19 international) recently suffered a serious illness, which has ruled him out. He is currently slowly recovering and we wish him well in that. Dan now moves into his second season of a full-time first team contract at Bath and we trust that future Ireland honours will come his way, to compensate for the above.