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.
There is still an injury concern over Keith Matthews and Ronan Loughney who both picked up knocks in the win in Italy last weekend.
Amongst the players on the Connacht injury list currently are Andy Dunne (knee), John Muldoon (knee), Colm Rigney (knee) and recent signing Niva Ta'auso (arm).
CONNACHT Squad (v Rugby Rovigo): Backs (11) - Kieran Campbell, Fionn Carr, Mel Deane, Tim Donnelly, Gavin Duffy, John Hearty, Ian Keatley, Keith Matthews, Frank Murphy, Troy Nathan, Daniel Riordan.
Forwards (13) - Andrew Browne, Sean Cronin, Andrew Farley, Adrian Flavin, David Gannon, Ronan Loughney, John Lyne, Michael McCarthy, Brian McGovern, Robbie Morris, Ray Ofisa, Michael Swift, Brett Wilkinson.