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Double header of rugby league action this weekend

Today, 09:28 AM

This weekend will see Super League and Championship action in the capital with Wigan Warriors taking on Catalans Dragons on Saturday (3pm) at The Den and London Broncos facing Workington Town at The Hive on Sunday (3pm).

Wigan will be hoping to overcome the Dragons in the First Utility Super 8s while the Broncos will face Workington in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield.

You can secure tickets for both games at a discount rate, to see Wigan in action on Saturday Broncos fans should visit wwrl.co/tickets and use promo code RFL20 to get 20% off.

Adult tickets to see London Broncos at The Hive are available with an early-bird discount of 20% off by visiting www.venuetoolbox.com/londonbroncos using code EARLYBIRD-WORKINGTON.

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Henderson sees improvement in loss

Yesterday, 08:50 AM

London Broncos head coach Andrew Henderson says there are signs of improvement in his side following the loss to Dewsbury on Monday afternoon.

The Broncos trailed 16-0 in the first half but pulled the scores back to 22-16 with 10 minutes to go before going down 25-16 and Henderson felt the side had improved from last weekend’s showing.

“It was very much an improved performance,” said Henderson. “We’ve been doing it tough these last few weeks and obviously losing Wes Naiqama for this week and potentially weeks to come, we’ll find out more on Tuesday and how he’s going to be and whether we’ll get him back for the rest of the year or not.

“We tried to do things a little differently this week at training at how we approached the game, we looked at a few different things.

“There was plenty of effort, plenty of attitude, plenty of application and very much an improvement on what we’ve seen in recent weeks but again we just let ourselves down in terms of our execution with the ball; too many errors really hurt us and poor decisions with the ball and there were poor handling errors out there today.

“At times we showed our immaturity, lets not forget the players out there today are between the ages of 18-24 with only myself, Elliot Kear and Rhys Williams over that age so it shows you where we are at.

Henderson praised the forwards having been critical of them in recent weeks, along with stand in captain James Cunningham.

“I was proud of our middle boys today as I’v been putting them under a lot of pressure, I felt they’ve been poor. Matt Davis, young Sid (Sadiq Abebiyi) Ben Gray, Jon Wallace and Erjon Dollapi. Plus James Cunningham led from the front today, the middle did a god job for us today, Dewsbury are a big, tough and physical unit and I think we contained them.

“James for me has some leadership quality and he probably doesn’t realise that yet. I do believe he’s got something in there and I’m sure we’ll unearth that in the coming seasons. It was a great opportunity for him to lead the team, I thought he done well and let from the front.”

London face two back-to-back home games at The Hive with Workington Town on Sunday 6th September and Batley Bulldogs on Sunday 13th September (both 3pm kick-offs).

Members are reminded that home play-off fixtures are included in their memberships. Tickets are available to purchase for home games at www.venuetoolbox.com/londonbroncos, use code EARLYBIRD-WORKINGTON and EARLYBIRD-BATELY to get 20% off adult tickets (book before 11.59pm on Friday before the game). Tickets are also available on the day from the ticket office.

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Dewsbury Rams 25 – 16 London Broncos

31 August 2015 - 03:57 PM

Dewsbury Rams inflicted a third straight Super 8s Championship Shield defeat for London Broncos with a 25-16 win on Sunday afternoon.

Dewsbury made their possession and position count in the first half, scoring after just six minutes after repeated pressure on the Broncos line. Penalties and mistakes hampered the Broncos and Dewsbury scored again after 13 minutes and a third on the half hour mark, with Shane Grady kicking two out of three conversion.

Jonny Walker came close for the Broncos after the half hour and it took the Broncos until the 37th minute to score. A William Barthau kick to the corner was collected by Rhys Williams who touched the ball down with the dead ball line fast approaching. William Barthau was unable to add the two.

It was the Rams who scored first in the second half after 52 minutes, to extend the lead before Jon Wallace (60) and Ben Hellewell (68) hit back for the Broncos after a period of extended pressure. Both scores converted by Barthau.

With time running out Anthony Thackeray kicked a drop goal with six minutes remaining, before Shane Grady added a final penalty kick.

See the full match summary here

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Rugby League statue unveiled in London

29 August 2015 - 04:11 PM

A statue immortalising the exploits of five Rugby League legends that will stand the test time was unveiled at Wembley Stadium today to widespread acclaim.

On the day that Rugby League celebrated its 120th birthday, and a few hours before kick-off at the 2015 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final, Hull Kingston Rovers v Leeds Rhinos, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP conducted the unveiling ceremony for the sport’s most ambitious and successfully delivered public work of art.

The statue, which was commissioned in association with Rugby League Cares, features five of the game’s immortals, Eric Ashton MBE, Martin Offiah MBE, Alex Murphy OBE, Gus Risman and Billy Boston MBE and stands on the Wembley Stadium concourse within sight of a statue of England football hero Bobby Moore.

The five players were selected by an extensive poll which engaged stakeholders from across the sport, including current players, former players, MPs, administrators, the media and tens of thousands of fans.

Unveiling the statue, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be here. I have one of the best jobs in Parliament as the Minister of Sport, and this is the best thing I’ve been asked to do.

“To have a statue dedicated to five of the best and most influential people in Rugby League at Wembley Stadium is absolutely fantastic and it will be here for generations to see.”

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood, who has been the driving force behind the statue, said: “There’s been nothing but great support and goodwill from the people at Wembley Stadium in enabling this to happen.

“Wembley is an integral part of the sport’s history with the Challenge Cup final having being hosted here since 1929.
“Sculptor Stephen Winterburn was asked to create an image capturing what is great about Rugby League and he has done just that. The statue is exceptional.

“The statue will become a focal point for generations of fans who will come to Wembley and meet ‘at the Rugby League legends statue’. Everyone in the game should feel extremely proud.”

Melvyn Benn, Chairman of Wembley National Stadium Limited, said: “Rugby League has always been a game of the people and that so many thousands had a say on who should make the final selection is testament to the popularity of the sport, but also of these ambassadors that represented both club and country with such distinction.

“The Challenge Cup is often referred to as the ‘friendly final’ and signals a great pilgrimage from all four corners of the country. Bank Holiday weekend has become synonymous with sunshine and as a Hull KR supporter, it is a very proud day for me personally to be here for the unveiling of this statue.

“Wembley Stadium, both old and new, has been linked with this great game since 1929, and our shared histories, with some amazing encounters down the years makes it very apt to have a lasting tribute at the stadium.”

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Henderson names 19-man squad for Dewsbury clash

29 August 2015 - 01:00 PM

London Broncos head coach Andrew Henderson has named his 19-man squad to face Dewsbury Rams at The Tetley’s Stadium on Monday (kick-off 3pm).

James Cunningham will captain the side in the absence of Wes Naiqama (knee) while Sadiq Adebiyi and Ben Gray retain their place in the side having impressed on debut last Sunday.

The Broncos sit third in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield table, three points behind Dewsbury after three rounds.

19-man squad (corporate/personal sponsors)
40. Sadiq Adebiyi | Available
7. William Barthau | Wyld and Williams / Alan and Stephen Archard
38. James Cunningham | Asgard Media / Lucy Campbell
34. Matt Davis | Available
17. Erjon Dollapi | Oakland Computer Services / Vini and Julie Riley
23. Toby Everett | Bob Holt Trust / Lucy and Megan Campbell
15. Matt Garside | Hardyman Limited / Ricky Wilby
39. Ben Gray | Available
5. Ben Hellewell | NP Electrics and Testing / Mark Gates
35. Andrew Henderson | Simon Cox Marketing Solutions / Ron and Judi Knox
32. Elliot Kear | Foxboro Accountants
19. Joe Keyes | Bob Holt Trust / Rob and Mandy Smith
20. Iliess Macani | Bob Holt Trust / Peter Durham
26. Sean Morris | B Smart Dry Cleaners / Dan Heaton
24. Alex Walker | Bob Holt Trust / Mike Smith
36. Jonny Walker | Loan
18. Jonathan Wallace | Bob Holt Trust / Yvonne and Steve
21. Joel Wicks | Bob Holt Trust / Duncan Smith
2. Rhys Williams | Prime Health / Gary Tetlow and Mike Toley

London face two back-to-back home games after Monday’s trip to Dewsbury, Workington Town on Sunday 6th September and Batley Bulldogs on Sunday 13th September (all 3pm kick-offs).

Members are reminded that home play-off fixtures are included in their memberships. Tickets are available to purchase for home games at www.venuetoolbox.com/londonbroncos, use code EARLYBIRD-WORKINGTON to get 20% off adult tickets (book before 11.59pm on Friday before the game). Tickets are also available on the day from the ticket office.

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