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The 26-year-old - who was officially withdrawn from the Ireland squad this evening - has failed to shake off the hamstring strain he sustained in last weekend's 28-17 opening defeat of Italy.
His replacement will be confirmed tomorrow following training, with Shane Horgan or Kevin Maggs the leading contenders.
O'Driscoll's midfield partner Gordon D'Arcy - who deputised for the skipper in last season's opening 35-17 loss to France, ironically when O'Driscoll was also suffering from a hamstring injury - will undergo a fitness test on his own damaged hamstring in Dublin, tomorrow morning.
NEC Harlequins full-back Gavin Duffy is also on stand-by to come into the squad, should D'Arcy - who turned 25 today - fail his test.