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.
He won a Leinster Senior Cup medal as an up-and-coming wing forward in 1962 during a 'golden era' for the club, when he played alongside such well-known internationals as Paddy O'Donoghue, Maurice Mortell, Fergus Keogh, Gerry Hardy, Paddy Costello and Bill Mulcahy, as well as Mick Cuddy, Frank O'Rourke and others.
A serious knee injury in 1963 ended a promising career, following which he commenced an administrative career at his club, the Leinster Branch and the IRFU.
He was elected to the Leinster Branch in 1991 and to the IRFU Committee in 1996. Since then he has served on numerous committees, most notably Finance, Commercial & Marketing and the Management Committee.
Commenting on his new role as IRFU President, Lyons said: "I am very honoured to assume the office as President of the IRFU, not alone for myself and my family, but also for my club Bective Rangers.
"This is a very challenging period in the history of the Union as we enter a season with a new senior coach and management team and many excellent up-and-coming young players blending with the more experienced ones.
"The year ahead also offers further great challenges to our professional provincial teams, including the defence of the Heineken European Cup by Munster and the Magners League title by Leinster.
"All the while, of course, the Union remains steadfast in its determination to ensure the development and welfare of the game at grassroots level and to the objective of advancing the status of our clubs, I am fully committed."