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.
Another of Ireland's World Cup opponents, France gained ground on second-placed Australia with their 34-7 victory over Wales in Cardiff yesterday. Thanks to their four-try triumph, Les Bleus moved from 86.35 to 86.90 rating points.
Having lost out at Ravenhill, Italy have dropped from 75.53 to 75.07 rating points but remain in ninth place, behind Wales. South Africa's comfortable 27-3 success over Scotland on Saturday steadies their position in fourth (85.40). The Scots drop out of the world's top ten, swapping places with Samoa.
IRB WORLD RANKINGS (As of August 27):
(1) New Zealand 93.38 rating points
(2) Australia 87.03
(3) France 86.90
(4) South Africa 85.40
(5) IRELAND 81.42
(6) Argentina 81.05
(7) England 78.89
(8) Wales 76.45
(9) Italy 75.07
(10) Samoa 74.97