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.
The IRFU are happy that residents in the vicinity of the stadium need have no concerns regarding the removal of asbestos in the roof of the West Stand, which will be conducted in line with normal Health and Safety regulations.
Philip Browne, Chief Executive Officer, IRFU says: "The storyline regarding asbestos and the re-development of Lansdowne Road is totally misleading. The West Stand, in keeping with most development work in Ireland of this nature in the 1950s, does contain corrugated asbestos sheeting and it will be professionally dismantled and safely removed in line with normal Health and Safety regulations. Residents in the area need have no concerns, nor will there be disruption to the re-development timetable."