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.
Stringer and Quinlan both have ankle injuries while Mullins is struggling with a bout of flu. David Wallace wasn't considered for selection because of a shoulder injury.
The finalised positions are the front row of Peter Clohessy, Frank Sheehan and John Hayes. Mick Galwey will be partnered in the second row by Mick O'Driscoll. In the backline Ronan O'Gara will be at ten, Anthony Horgan on the left wing, Jason Holland in the centre and Jeremy Staunton at full-back.