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.
"Teams sometimes play these sort of games beforehand. Each to their own but if they have to wheel Jonny out on to the pitch, they'll do it.
"I have no doubt he'll be there."
ON THE CROKE PARK FACTOR -
"Croke Park will be used as a motivational force in wanting to beat England, but it will be just like any other time we play against them. The Grand Slam is gone now but you don't sulk for the rest of the competition. You have to dig in and get as many wins as possible."
ON CAPTAINING IRELAND AT CROKE PARK -
"It was very difficult sitting out the first game at Croke Park, but thankfully I've recovered from the injury and I'm really looking forward to Saturday afternoon.
"I spoke to Paul (O'Connell) afterwards and he said in his speech at the dinner that it was an emotional occasion for him and his family and I'm sure it will be a huge occasion for me too to lead the team out, particularly as it's against England."