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.
Shane Horgan is definitely ruled out of contention with a hamstring injury and that almost certainly means a starting place for Geordan Murphy who scored a spectacular try last Saturday against the Scots. Rob Henderson should win himself a place on the bench with the real interest centering on who coach Eddie O'Sullivan will pick at out-half.
Ronan O'Gara was favourite for the number 10 spot prior to the Scotland game before an injured ankle settled that debate in favour of David Humphreys who went to have a tremendous game.
Team manager Brian O'Brien will announce the side at a lunchtime press conference today