Armidale and Barbarians to play for Charity Shield

Armidale Blues and Barbarians face off this Saturday but the rivalry will be put aside as they aim to recognise a bigger cause when the New England competition restarts after Easter.

The game is the sixth year of the InvestBlue Charity Shield and will raise money for HeartKids, a charity which supports to families of children with heart disease.

Three grades of men’s rugby and two women's sevens matches will be played at Moran Oval from 12pm with $3 from all entries going to the charity. 

The Glen Innes-Guyra GhostStags are meanwhile ready to hit the field, one month after they played their first match. 

Wet weather saw their second round match against the Blues cancelled before they had the scheduled bye in round three. 

New England Rugby Union took a break over the Easter long weekend so it has been a long time between games for the local side but they are ready to play Robb College in Armidale. 

"It will be an interesting game,” vice-president Sam Price said.

"Hopefully we can field a full strength side and get a decent hit out.

"We will probably be a bit rusty this week, trying to bring the two teams together still. 

"It will be a tough game but hopefully it will be a good hit out.

"We actually had the week off leading into Easter.

"Everyone is just getting into it now but before that we were training well.” 

Robb are coming off a thrilling one-point win over Barbarians in the last round.