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.
With O'Connell hoping to line out for the province before Christmas, Munster team manager Shaun Payne said: "Paul is starting to do a bit of running in the gym and things are looking good.
"I get asked every week when he will be back, and I'll answer that by saying things are going extremely well at the minute. Without giving dates or anything, the news seems to be quite good."