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.
McCarthy was favourably commented on by the match commentators for the amount of unseen work that he had done.
By now, Mike seems like an established international as this was his seventh cap, whereas it was Declan's third cap and his Six Nations debut. Both of them toured New Zealand with Ireland last summer.