18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
The full list of referees for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations is: Wayne Barnes (RFU), George Clancy (IRFU), Jerome Garces (FFR), Craig Joubert (SARU), Nigel Owens (WRU), Jaco Peyper (SARU) Romain Poite (FFR), Alain Rolland (IRFU), Steve Walsh (ARU).
Poite, Owens, Clancy, Joubert, Barnes and Walsh will referee two matches each.
The referees will also undertake assistant referee duties alongside a group of up-and-coming match officials who have earned their place owing to their performances in recent Tests and at the IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa earlier this year.
Irish officials Clancy and Rolland are joined on duty by fellow IRFU referee John Lacey, who will be an assistant referee for a number of games during the Championship.
Click here to view the full list of match official appointments for the 2013 Championship.
Ireland's RBS 6 Nations Referees
Wales v Ireland - Romain Poite (FFR)
Ireland v England - Jerome Garces (FFR)
Scotland v Ireland - Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Ireland v France - Steve Walsh (ARU)
Italy v Ireland - Wayne Barnes (RFU)
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