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.
There will be two specially-arranged matches on the day, as the Ballymena Under-18 Barbarians take on Ballymena Academy, the recent winners of the Northern Bank Ulster Schools Senior Cup, with the local rivalry adding some extra spice to th game. Kick-off is at 12.30pm.
The second game should also be an exciting affair as the Ballymena Under-20s take on their Ulster counterparts (kick-off 2.30pm).
The Ballymena Barbarians' organising committee is delighted that this year's opposition for the Barbarians are Ballymena Academy, adding their congratulations to the many already receiving by the Ulster title-winning school.
The Ballymena Barbarians are an invitational side, bringing together the finest young talent from schools and clubs across Ulster.
They have a commitment to dynamic, attacking rugby and an on and off-field camaraderie true to the Barbarian spirit.
Ballymena RFC is delighted to be hosting this event. Last year's Barbarians match was a thrilling spectacle with both sides combining skill, flair and passion. Methodist College ran out eventual winners by 27-17.
The day was a tremendous success as a charity fundraiser and this year's beneficiary will be Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charitable organisation which provides nursing care free of charge to terminally ill people, allowing them to be cared for in their own home. The charity also undertakes research into the causes of cancer and improved cancer treatments, and is a most worthwhile cause.
Saturday's event, which incorporates the Ballymena mini rugby and Ballymena hockey club mini hockey fun day, promises to have something for all the family - bouncy castle, face painting, games, music, stalls and a BBQ.
To conclude the day, there will be a dinner for all of the players and sponsors in the Ballymena RFC clubhouse at 5pm, and a disco from 9pm - all proceeds to Marie Curie.
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