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.
Extract from the Irish Times:
When Ireland Women's coach Philip Doyle named his squad for the Six Nations Championship last December, the inclusion of 10 new caps was a fair indication of the amount of rebuilding that had to be done after the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup.
Injuries and retirements deprived Doyle of several experienced players following an encouraging World Cup that saw the team improve its ranking by one spot to seventh.
With so much new blood, it was impossible to predict how the team would fare or if it could maintain the progress achieved in the Six Nations in recent years.