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.
In particular, he has been the organiser of the Annual Screening Camp for the past five years, in the search for young Irish-qualified talent in Britain.
John was formerly 1st XV Coach at the London Irish, Saracens and Richmond clubs but is probably best recognised in Britain for turning Brunel into the most successful Rugby University' there, with three British Universities Championships at Twickenham, plus a further final and two semi-final appearances, in the past decade.
His best-known protigi is Richard Hill, the British & Irish Lion, though the Irish connections have been strong, with Conor O'Shea, Justin Fitzpatrick, Simon Mason, Mel Deane, Kieran Campbell, and Barry Everitt having been among his players/students.
John will be based in London and can be contacted on 00 44 77 5319 6011.