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.
Both players have made excellent progress with their hamstring injuries and trained on the pitch with the rest of the squad this morning. O'Driscoll and D'Arcy will be assessed further this Wednesday (February 23rd), but the Irish management are optimistic that both players will be fit for next weekend's game against England in Lansdowne Road in the RBS Six Nations Championship.
Further news from the Irish camp is that David Wallace of Munster has joined up with the squad as cover for Denis Leamy, who injured his hamstring at the weekend and is currently being assessed. Johnny O'Connor also joined up with the squad and trained fully today despite reports of an injured ankle.
The Ireland team to play England will be announced on Wednesday at 12.45pm.