Hooker Andy Ackers has just signed a one year deal with the club off the back of a very successful season with the Swinton Lions in the Championship one.
Ackers was an integral part of the Lions team that gained promotion to the Championship after beating Keighley in the Championship one final at Widnes on Sunday.
Head Coach Andrew Henderson has been monitoring the former Warrington player’s progress throughout the season and feels he will be an excellent addition to what is shaping up to be an exciting squad.
‘Andy has come through a good system as a young player and has spent the last couple of seasons in the Championship to improve his game. He was unfortunate not to get his Super League break with Warrington as he had some quality in front of him. He has had to take a step back to come forward which sometimes you have to do in your career. He is a quality player who has been a stand out in the Championship one this season.’
This was highlighted at the recent Championship awards dinner where Ackers was nominated for player of the year in that division.
‘He is a good all round rugby player who has his best years ahead of him. I believe we have 2 excellent and exciting young British hookers in both James Cunningham and Andy Ackers next season.’
Ackers told us he is really excited to be joining London and getting the opportunity to work with Head Coach Andrew Henderson a former hooker himself.
‘Hendo was a quality hooker that has played at all levels of the game (International, Super League and Championship) for some years now and has a huge amount of experience so I’m lucky to be working with him.’
‘I’m really looking forward to moving to London and getting stuck into full-time training again. I’m very grateful for the chance that Hendo and the London club have given me and hopefully I can play well and help the team be better.’
Finally Ackers wanted to thank his old club.
‘I would also like to thank John Duffy and the Swinton Lions players and staff for working with me. I’ve really enjoyed my time playing with a great set of lads and it was great to finish on a high gaining promotion, but I couldn’t turn this opportunity down.’
We welcome Andy to the club and hope he can carry his good form from this season into next.
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Alex Foster is Head Coach Andrew Henderson’s latest addition to the 2016 squad.
Foster 22, joined Featherstone Rovers for the 2015 season and was part of their recent Championship Shield Final winning team. He previously spent a season long loan from Leeds Rhinos with the Broncos during the 2014 SuperLeague season, in which he made 20 appearances for the London club. He joins the club on a one year deal.
‘ I’m very pleased to be back with London and training full-time again. I spoke with Hendo a few times and he seemed very personable, easy to talk to and clear on what he wanted. He was very professional and enthusiastic to develop me as a player so I’m looking forward to learning from him and improving areas of my game.’
‘The ambition of the club was key to me re-joining, with the club having a desire to return to SuperLeague. I think the move to Ealing and the 3G pitch is a positive and could prove an advantage early in the Championship season, allowing us to play a faster more exciting brand of rugby.’ He added.
‘On a personal note I’m looking to improve as a player, cement my spot in the team as well as making a position my own. I want to be part of helping London achieve some success.’
‘Once I had spoken to Alex and knew he was available I didn’t hesitate to snap him up. From what I have seen of him, feedback I’ve received and after talking to him I knew he ticked a number of the boxes I look for in a player. He is honest, humble, tough, a team player, and has a genuine desire to be a better player and better person. It was important that we got someone in to replace Jason Walton who we let go recently, and Alex was an ideal replacement.’
Henderson further went on to say.
‘Alex is a quality player who further strengthens our squad. He has the ability to play in the back row, loose forward and centre positions equally well, however I see him pushing for a place in the back row. I look forward to see what Alex will bring to the team.’
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Featherstone Rovers claimed the Kingstone Press Championship Shield, defeating London Broncos 36-4.
The Broncos had two tries disallowed in the first half, their first effort pulled back for a forward pass denying Glenn Riley after 24 minutes and six minutes later Rhys Williams scored what looked like a vital try but was pulled back for putting a foot in touch.
Rovers scored first through Matt James who crashed over from close range after nine minutes. A break from Ian Hardman set up the field position. Six minutes later Ben Blackmore scores in the corner after a repeat set of tackles set up the position to score. Paul Sykes then scored after collecting a neat kick over the top by Gareth Moore. Sykes himself converting two of three attempts in the first half.
In the second half Paul Sykes kicked a penalty to edge Rovers in front, before Matt James, Gareth Moore and Paul Sykes added further scores. Sykes kicking five conversions a penalty in total.
Two minutes into the second half Riley knocked on over the try line and the Broncos had further close efforts from Sean Morris and Joe Keyes. Rhys Williams did touch down in the second period but it didn’t spur a come back from the Broncos.
London Broncos head coach Andrew Henderson has named his 19-man squad to face Featherstone Rovers in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield Final at The Select Security Stadium Halton on Sunday (kick-off 4:30pm).
“It’s been a good week and there’s been a buzz in camp,” said Henderson. “The boys are certainly excited to get the opportunity to play in a final.”
“We changed the training venue during the week to Trailfinders Sport Club’s 3G pitch, it’s a change of scenery and there was a lot of energy at the session too. We were back at Bushey for a good session yesterday and we’ve been building up the game throughout the week but we’ve not got ahead of ourselves. We’ve built up the game each day and we’ll be back at Trailfinders Sport Club on Saturday for our final team run on the 3G pitch and then get on with our final preparations.
“All in all I’ve been happy with the preparation this week and the vibe amongst the players and the excitement they have ahead of the game.
“I named the 19-man squad on Thursday so the players are aware of who is in the frame, I’ve pretty much nailed down my 17 but I’ve changed my mind three times already this week in terms of the starting 13 and the final 17. I’m going to announce the team to the players on Saturday, the majority of the 17 is selected in my head but there’s just a couple of positional selections I need to finalise before the game.”
19-man squad (corporate/personal) 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 11. Daniel Harrison | Focus IT / Mark Rammond 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 16. Glenn Riley | J and L Asbestos / Chris Appleton 29. Jamie Thackray | World Wireless IT / Rob and Mandy Smith 24. Alex Walker | Bob Holt Trust / Mike Smith 36. Jonny Walker | Loan 18. Jonathan Wallace | Bob Holt Trust / Yvonne and Steve 2. Rhys Williams | Prime Health / Gary Tetlow and Mike Toley
London Broncos half-back Joe Keyes has been named in Ireland’s squad for the 2015 European Championship.
Ireland head coach Mark Aston includes eight members of the 2013 World Cup squad, including Keyes who has previously played for England at Academy level.
“It’s great to have a number of players back in the squad,” said Aston. “We were very unlucky last year to lose out in the Euros on points difference and will be looking to put that right in this year’s competition. We have quite an experienced squad with such as Liam Finn, Bob Beswick and Scott Grix all involved and we only have three uncapped players in Gareth Gill, Oli Roberts and Joe Keyes, so we are pretty settled.”
Aston’s squad face an away game in Albi against France to open the tournament before playing Scotland in Galashiels and then ending the campaign at home to Wales in their new home at Bray.
IRELAND 21-MAN SQUAD Gareth Gill* (Ballynahinch Rabbitohs), Elliot Cosgrove, Sean Hesketh (Batley Bulldogs), James Mendeika, Oli Roberts* (Bradford Bulls), Liam Finn (Castleford Tigers), Luke Ambler, Ben Johnston (Halifax RLFC), Scott Grix (Huddersfield Giants), Gregg McNally, Bob Beswick (Leigh Centurions), Joe Keyes* (London Broncos), Casey Dunne (Longhorns RL), Will Hope (Oldham RLFC), Graham O’Keeffe (Oxford RL), Brad Hargreaves, Danny Bridge, Matty Hadden (Rochdale Hornets), Callum Mulkeen (Gloucester All Golds), Dave Allen (Whitehaven RLFC), Colton Roche (York City Knights)