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.
Bell, who impressed on his return to senior international fare during the southern hemisphere trip this summer has been carrying the injury for some time now. It was hoped that he might recover in time to join the squad when it departs on Monday but this morning he broke down again in training.
Irish coach Eddie O'Sullivan said, "My heart goes out to Johnny Bell. He is naturally devastated at having to pull out of the World Cup at this late stage, but unfortunately his Achilles tendon broke down again today."