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.
After training with some of the Unidare players, Bernard said: "The fact that these guys are so into rugby and really, really taking to it is a theme that runs through a lot of areas of Dublin.
"I know that Clondalkin are making great strides, and I'm coaching in Coolmine and the interest level over there is really, really high as well.
"For one of those guys to get an opportunity to go to New Zealand would be a brilliant experience for them. I was down there myself (on the summer tour) in June and everyone there is a rugby addict and expert.
"I think it's going to be a life changing experience for one of these players and they're very, very fortunate that the club and the organisers have done it. I hope they really, really benefit from it."
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