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.
David Keane and Simon McDowell have both been appointed to the referee panel and Keane has been honoured with the role of Referee Captain at the tournament.
Aoife McCarthy has been appointed to the Assistant Referee panel for the Women's tournament.
These appointments follow on from the announcement last week of three Irish referees for the 2009 RBS 6 Nations and help to cement Ireland and the IRFU's reputation for producing top quality referess at every level of the game.