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Skolars name side for Derby Clash Sat 30th 3 p.m

28 January 2016 - 07:13 PM

London Skolars take on London Broncos this Saturday 30th January in their annual pre-season match at the New River Sport & Fitness Centre, Wood Green.


Both teams have bolstered their playing squads with new signings in the off season and will be looking for improved performances in 2016.

Skolars’ Head Coach, Jermaine Coleman, has named a similar side to the team that took a Wigan Warriors XII at the Capital Challenge last week.  The team will be boosted by the inclusion of a few key players who return from injury.

“We’ll run with a similar side to last week and give some game time to a few players who need a run.  Dave Williams and Michael Sykes are back from injury, so we’ll look to get them some game time as well’’ says Coleman.

“We’ve got a couple of guys like Erjon Dollapi and Joe Ridley that have joined us this year so we’re looking for a big year from them individually and I know they are excited about the year ahead.’’

“Pre-season has gone well so far.   The boys have really bought into the culture and the environment we’re building at the club. Like any new process there are hiccups and bumps along the way but overall I’m happy with the effort and desire we’ve shown as a group.”

Similarly, Broncos Head Coach Andrew Henderson, has strengthened his squad with new player signings in the off season including Mark Offerdahl, Nathan Stapleton, Mark Ioane but will likely give a lot of younger guys a chance to impress.

Being one of only a few full-time teams in the Championship, the Broncos will be looking for a top 4 finish this season.

Despite suffering a loss in their first hit out last week, Skolars’ Coach Coleman was pleased to see the team execute some of the things they’ve been working on during the preseason.

“I thought we acquitted ourselves well in the game against Wigan.  I thought our defence was good and I was happy with the condition the boys were in.  For a first run out I was pretty happy with our overall game but there’s certainly areas we’ll continue to work hard at.”

Buoyed by that performance, Skolars are expecting another challenging game against a well prepared Broncos outfit and will be looking to continue their pre-season preparation.

“I think like all pre-season games for me, it’s about taking another step forward in our preparation for the season ahead.’’

“The ‘London Clash’ fixture is an opportunity to start the ball rolling and I expect they (Broncos) will be fit and very slick.’’

Coach Coleman has named an extended bench for the weekend game.

Skolars Team

1) Alex Anthony

2) John Paxton

3) Aaron Small

4) Joe Price

5) Jimmy Morgan

6) Chris Bishay

7) Charlie Lawrence

8) Erjon Dollapi

9) Ben Pointer

10) Ben Gray

11) Mike Worrincy

12) Will Lovell

13) Eddie Mbaraga


14) Dave Williams

15) Cairen Clement-Pascal

16) Sam Druce

17) Mike Greenhalgh

18) Michael Sykes

19) Lameck Juma

20) Jermaine Coleman

21) Andy Winfield

22) Kazeem Fatouri-Edwards


The match kicks off at 3pm at New River Sport and Fitness, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, this Saturday 30th January.

Match Tickets to the game are available on the gate on the day.  £12 Adult £6 concession.


Bring back the MX9s

21 January 2016 - 07:41 PM

Use to enjoy that tournament. best 9s game i ever saw was when Kazan beat Moscow. the were over the moon and it was the first time they ever beat them,



Sam Tomkins guest of honour at Cap Cha

15 January 2016 - 07:46 PM

Sam Tomkins guest of honour at Capital Challenge next Friday 22nd 2 p.m. 


revenues for this event should go through 6 figures for the first time


record crowd and hospitality expected.

'London' who owns the name

24 December 2015 - 09:20 PM

Just looking at the two London pro clubs and as far as I can tell Skolars have had the London name for longer than the Broncos. As far as I can see London Skolars have had London in their name for more than 18 years and London Broncos/Crusaders has had it for 17? Other names of course are Quins and Fulham.

Emerging Nations World Cup 2017

13 December 2015 - 11:58 PM

Given recent results and the growing number of countries taking the game up I think we are ready for another EM WC to run alongside the main one. In 1995 this was very successful and i think would be an excellent way of helping some of the faster developing nations to step up and make that big leap. it will also help us groom new sides for full WC places and when ready we can expand the number of teams to 16 the maybe even 20 in 2 or 3 WCs time.


For the cost results between Canada, US & Jamaica show how we are developing but its a shame only one can push on. Incidentally these nations are clearly ready for a Tri Nations annual or bi annual tournament now.