10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
The Irish team will be announced in Limerick on Tuesday next from a panel which includes Victor Costello, who was a late withdrawal from the Welsh game because of a calf strain, prop forward John Hayes and winger Denis Hickie, both of whom missed the summer tour to Australia, Tonga and Samoa because of a groin injuries. Marcus Horan, who was not available for selection against Wales because of an ankle injury, is also in the panel.
Forwards (12): Shane Byrne (Leinster/Blackrock College), Victor Costello (Leinster/St. Mary's College), Leo Cullen (Leinster/Blackrock College), Kieron Dawson (London Irish), Simon Easterby (Llanelli), Justin Fitzpatrick (Castres), John Hayes (Munster/Shannon), Marcus Horan (Munster/Shannon), Gary Longwell (Ulster/Ballymena), Eric Miller (Leinster/Terenure College), Donnacha O'Callaghan (Munster/Cork Constitution), Paul Shields (Ulster/allymena).
Bcks (10): Jonathan Bell (Ulster/Dungannon), Girvan Dempsey (Leinster/ Terenure College), Guy Easterby (Rotherham), Denis Hickie (Leinster/St.Mary's College), Rob Henderson (Munster/ Garryowen), John Kelly (Munster/Cork Constitution), Geordan Murphy (Leicester), Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster/Blackrock College), Brian O'Meara (Leinster/Cork Constitution), David Humphreys (Ulster/Dungannon).