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.
John Afoa, who made 26 appearances for the province this past season, is therefore expected to be available for the start of the province's 2013/14 campaign.
Meanwhile, it was a busy day on the pitch for two of Afoa's Ulster team-mates with Rory Best making his Lions debut and Tommy Bowe scoring a second half try in the tourists' 69-17 win over Western Force in Perth.
A number of the province's youngsters are also due to play for the Ireland Under-20s later today in their IRB Junior World Championship opener against Australia - Hughes Insurance Ulster Academy players Rory Scholes, John Donnan and Conor Joyce will all start in Vannes.