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  1. Broncos News

    The Interview – Ben Evans

    Off the pitch, the gentle giant that is Ben Evans spends his time with his partner travelling the world. On the pitch just don’t get in his way. We spoke to the Welsh International about life here at the Broncos. This is your second season here so how are you finding London? It’s great, to be honest. I just never thought that I would be living and working down here in the capital. I remember coming down when my girlfriend Sally was at Uni here and it was a rat race. I kept thinking to myself that I couldn’t live here but two years later I signed and have loved every minute of it. I don’t think I would have seen as much of the city as I have had I stayed up north. London must have been a huge culture shock after leaving Warrington? I live a bit further out from central London so I don’t see as much of the congestion as say the boys who live in Ealing. Going from the Welsh valleys to Warrington was a big step for me so moving to London was an even bigger one but an interesting step on the whole. Has Rugby League given you opportunities that you might not have had elsewhere? Absolutely. Right from my school rugby up until today, I would not have done half the things I have or seen the places I have seen if it wasn’t for the sport. I’ve been to Australia twice, Canada, although I missed this season’s trip, France many times and it’s all down to rugby league that I have done these amazing things. Did going to the World Cup with four other Broncos help you? I played at the previous World Cup and the squad was similar to be fair but playing with the London boys each week and then going into a Welsh camp made it a lot more home from home for me and all of us I think. They are big personalities in the Welsh group and most of them have been playing together for a while too. You talk about Sally-Ann, your partner. Tell us about your relationship with her. Well, she is an Air Hostess in Manchester and is doing really well in her career. She was going to move down when I first signed but she was offered a promotion which was too good to refuse. She is flying all over the place and is currently in the Spain base for a couple of days. She is also starting up a photography business soon too. It is hard but we try to see each other as much as possible and make the most of the time we have. Now on Social media, I think it’s obvious that you both love to travel. Anytime we get off together we travel all over. In the last 12 to 18 months, we have been lucky enough to go to Thailand, Nice, Rome and are hoping to go to Amsterdam at the end of the season. It’s great exploring the world with her. Your Mum has been to games here a few times this season. Has she been a big part of your career? Without a doubt. She decided to move to the north and drop everything when I was 14 just to give Rhys, my twin brother, and myself a scholarship opportunity. Back then I didn’t understand how much she had given up for us but now I realise that not many parents would do what she did for us. She always told us to give it a go and if it didn’t work out we could try something else. I have always learned from her that you can’t ever think about the “What if”. You have to take a chance whenever it comes your way. Now you and your brother, Rhys, are both playing professionally. How has that been for you both? We’ve both had our ups and downs and injury worries but we are both playing full time now with Rhys at Leigh and me here. It probably hasn’t been the career that we dreamed of because of the injuries but at 25 years old we are both now secure with our own houses each and you wouldn’t be able to do that in a normal job. We both owe Mum everything and without her, neither of us would be the men that we are now. View the full article
  2. Broncos News

    Broncos beat Fax to go fourth

    London Broncos won a very tight encounter at Trailfinders on Sunday 15th of July which saw them leapfrog their opponents and up into fourth place in the BetFred Championship table and stretch their unbeaten run to five. With the Broncos season almost on the line the Halifax game was a must-win for both sides in the race for the Super 8 qualifiers. Danny Ward drafted in new signing, Eloi Pelissier, for his first start after having signed earlier in the week while Richard Marshall put out a strong Halifax 19 that had put Featherstone to the sword a week earlier. London came out of the traps the quicker of the two and forced an early knock from the visitors. The next play forced a goal-line drop-out and a great run from Daniel Hindmarsh took us to their 10m line. The try was not to come however and Halifax picked up the ball and came back at us. The deadlock was finally broken after 10 minutes when a penalty to London was given following a high tackle on James Cunningham. The resulting play saw the ball go through the hands of the Broncos line and Alex Walker got the ball to Rhys Williams who was over in the corner. Kieran Dixon missed the kick wide of the posts and London led by four. On 20 minutes another London attack saw the high ball go up from Pewhairangi and Dixon chased the ball got up above the defence and batted the ball back into the field of play only for it to be called forward and another chance went begging. Four minutes later a moment of pure quality from Rhys Williams when, following a Scott Murrell kick, he picked up the ball on our 10m line danced his way through five Halifax players and through their line and away the pass went inside to Alex Walker and the fullback sprinted away under the posts to score. Dixon converted the try and with 25 minutes gone the Broncos led by 10 points to nil. The Broncos withstood some late Halifax pressure but on the hooter, the Broncos had kept the visitors to nil. The second half was always going to be a difficult one with so much at stake and both teams started as they had left off before the break. The temperature was now up in the eighties but the pace did not relent and on 48 minutes Jay Pitts put in one of his trademark storming runs only to be tackled just short of the line. How Pitts managed to offload the ball is a mystery but an amazing play from the captain saw Williams on hand and over for his second of the game. Dixon missed from a very tough angle and London led by 14 points. Halifax were not going to lie down and on 52 minutes Will Sharp broke the line and was away and had he passed the ball would have sent the visitors over for a straightforward try. He didn’t and was tackled but the following play saw the ball go along the line and the move was finished by Kieran Moss who dived over to get the visitors on the board. Tyrer’s kick was good and it was now 14 points to six. The outside backs of London were having a fantastic game and several runs from Kear, Williams and Dixon should all have produced more but it was Halifax who struck again on 69 minutes when Shane Grady spotted a gap in the Broncos line and was over for the try. Tyrer again nailed the kick and it was 14 – 12 with a now nervy 10 minutes to play. The Broncos cause was helped straight from the kick-off when a spiralling kick from Dixon was dropped and London had the scrum on the Halifax 10 metre line. The Broncos were hammering on the Halifax defence and a penalty to the hosts gave them another set of six. They only needed four of them as the ball went along the line and there was Ben Evans to power over to open the gap back up between the two teams. Dixon kicked the extra two and the gap was now at 8 points with five minutes left. Halifax were not done and the Broncos fans were starting to get nervous when on 79 minutes Halifax spilt the ball only for London to drop it out of the scrum. The resulting play saw former Bronco, Jacob Fairbank, went over under the posts. Tyrer kicked the extras and with now only 44 seconds to play the score was 20 – 18 to London. The kick-off was taken and just as Halifax were making ground when a last-second offload went astray and was picked up by Daniel Harrison to kill the game right on the hooter for Full Time. Both teams were exhausted at the final hooter and the heat had certainly taken its toll even though we had seen yet another fantastic advert for Championship Rugby League. So London Broncos move above Halifax into fourth with only two games left of the regular season. There are so many different ways the season can end at the top but the Broncos know two wins from two games keeps them in the top four and the chance of a Super League return will be still alive. LONDON BRONCOS:- Walker, Dixon, Hellewell, Kear, Williams, Pewhairangi, Cunningham, Battye, Pelissier, Evans, Pitts, Hindmarsh, Davis INTERCHANGE:- (All used) Spencer, Ioane, Harrison, Sammut TRIES:- Williams (13, 47), Walker ( 25), Evans (72) GOALS:- Dixon 2/4 HALIFAX RLFC:- Moss, Saltonstall, Tyrer, Woodburn-Hall, Sharp, Murrell, Johnston, Tangata, Kaye, Fairbank, Butler, Grady, Grix INTERCHANGE:- (All used) Maher, Moore, Morris, Barber TRIES:- Moss (50), Grady (67), Fairbank (78) GOALS:- Tyrer 3/3 View the full article
  3. Broncos News

    Halifax next at Trailfinders

    London Broncos have named their 19 man squad with the task of beating Halifax RLFC on Sunday 15th of July and keep their top four hopes well and truly alive. With the visitors currently sitting in third a lot could change this weekend at the top of the Championship with five clubs being spread by just three points. Broncos come back home after gaining a point in France last week even though they thought it could have and should have been two. Halifax themselves will be confident too coming away from the Shay Stadium with a convincing win over Featherstone Rovers and lifting them up into third. Head Coach Danny Ward has again made some changes to his squad and new signing, Eloi Pelissier, is straight into the 19 with Ward hoping he can show off the Super League qualities everyone knows that he possesses and that the Broncos can continue their current unbeaten run. The Squad to face Halifax RLFC on Sunday 15th July at 1.30pm:- 15 – Eddie Battye 17 – Michael Channing 09 – James Cunningham 25 – Matt Davies 13 – Matt Davis 05 – Kieran Dixon 18 – Ben Evans 11 – Daniel Harrison 03 – Ben Hellewell 26 – Daniel Hindmarsh 10 – Mark Ioane 01 – Elliot Kear 30 – Eloi Pelissier 06 – Api Pewhairangi 12 – Jay Pitts 07 – Jarrod Sammut 08 – Tom Spencer 14 – Alex Walker 02 – Rhys Williams View the full article
  4. Broncos News

    The Friday Blog

    Rugby, the best antidote to football despair! Being a lover of rugby usually means being an all-round sportsman or woman and follower of all national sports, so by default then a football fan. Not necessarily avidly following a club particularly but being truly involved in any of our national team’s efforts to secure glory for the country in sport generally. Having sat in my local in Derbyshire on Wednesday night and watched grown men and women cry at the result of the game my heart went out to them, as I watched a very able Croatian team creep into the game more and more in the second half and people all around me berating the referee for allowing the Croatian players to get away with a bit of rough and tumble, I was so grateful that my true love is rugby and my team of choice is the All Blacks national rugby union team, when I’m not rooting for the London Broncos that is, because the poor old football fans must get so fed up with being on the losing side all the time, of course with any sport it’s the taking part in it that’s the most important, but being able to win sometimes is just so great ! Always hard to bear a loss in any national sport but with football it is invariably followed by all the nonsense about the opposing side being too rough and playing dirty and it all being someone else’s fault or the ref is blind and all that rubbish, the worst thing about it is all the nonsense after the game where fans smash up their own towns and people’s private property, this time they did it whether they won or lost, which just is unheard of in rugby, either union or league! It’s just so weird, can anyone explain it to me because I just don’t get it! Luckily the London Broncos continued playing hard, fast and skilfully last weekend which resulted in them continuing their undefeated run for the last 4 games and although Toulouse proved to be once again a big obstacle for the London Broncos, determination and great play allowed them to come away with a very respectable point and no defeat at the hands of the French team. I hope that the London Broncos current form continues this weekend and the game against Halifax proves to be just as fantastic as the past few games have been as I will be there cheering them on with my son, who will be experiencing a live rugby league game for the first time and is beside himself with excitement ! If you see me there make sure you say hello as this is all part of my rugby league educational journey and the friendliness of league fans is an area that needs reporting on as well as the brilliant game, its players and teams. See you all on Sunday Mike Molloy About the author Mike Molloy, is an experienced freelance professional writer & Author He regularly writes blog content on a variety of topics including food, hotels, travel & skiing to primary school pupil literacy and more. Twitter @MikeMolloy08 Facebook/ Mike Molloy author #mikemolloyauthor #WeAreLondon View the full article
  5. Broncos News

    Pelissier signs for London Broncos

    London Broncos are pleased to announce the signing of the French Hooker Eloi Pelissier on a short-term contract. With over 170 Super League appearances to his name, for Catalans Dragons and Leigh Centurions, Pelissier will bring a vast amount of experience to Danny Ward’s squad as they look to force their way back into the top four of the Championship and furthermore the Super 8 Qualifiers. Pelissier has been playing his rugby in the French Championnat for the past few months at Lezignan Sangliers and is happy to be given an opportunity to help the Broncos in their quest for the top flight. Pelissier told us, ” I am really happy to get a new opportunity to play at London Broncos. My aim is to make the top four with this club and know I will enjoy it here. I already know a few of the players which always helps too. I will try and bring the experience of my seven years in Super League to the club and I hope I can bring a small extra percentage to the side.” He went on to say, ” I watched the team play in Toulouse and liked what I saw. I thought they were unlucky not to get the win.” Head Coach Danny Ward told us, “We are delighted to have Eloi joining us at the Broncos heading into the final third of the season. He has a lot of Super League experience in England and we hope he will bring a lot of qualities to the group.” Broncos Chairman, David Hughes said, ” It’s a great opportunity for us to bring a player of such quality and with so much Super League experience to the capital. We have been watching him for a while and we are very happy to finally have the chance to see him play in London Broncos colours.” View the full article
  6. London Broncos are pleased to announce to all our fans that Halifax RLFC and ourselves have come to an agreement to move the kick off time to 1.30pm as opposed to original 3.00pm kick off time. Due to unprecedented requests from fans of both clubs we have moved the start time to accommodate the potential of the England Football Team making it to the 2018 World Cup Final. The game will be shown in the main bar after the Broncos and Halifax game on the big screen. Gates will now be open from 9am allowing fans to also watch the NRL game between the Gold Coast Titans and the Sydney Rooster which kicks off at 9.30am. Tickets are now available for the game on our website and both Fax and London fans can now make a whole day of it here at Trailfinders Sports Club. View the full article
  7. Broncos News

    Broncos battle in Blagnac

    London Broncos continued their unbeaten run against Toulouse Olympique on Saturday July 7th as the two teams fought out a point a piece in an enthralling exhibition of Rugby League. With temperatures, pitchside, reaching nearly 33 degrees the two teams gave everything leaving nothing on the pitch in a display befitting the seasons both sides have had. Play started with the ball changing hands a few times indispersed with errors from both sides of the field. On six minutes a high ball from the hists was dropped by fullback Alex Walker and the count was wiped to zero. Straight away the Broncos gave away a penalty and after seven minutes Constantine Mika was over for the first try of the day. Kheirallah kicked the extras and in the heat, the visitors faced an uphill challenge. Toulouse lost the influential Kriouache early in the piece and was replaced by Bouzinac who had caused so many problems at Summer Bash. The forwards were working like trojans in the heat of the evening and were reducing the gain each time of their French counterparts. Evans was steaming through the middle and on the last tackle Walker kept the ball alive in their in-goal brilliantly and forced a dropout. From the kick, the ball was worked to James Cunningham and after evading two last-ditch tackles was over the line and the traveling Broncos fans aired their approval. Kieran Dixon kicked the extra two and we were back to all square again. Toulouse did not take long to take back the advantage when on 18 minutes the Broncos defence went to sleep and two missed tackles allowed Bastien Ader to touch down unchallenged. Kheirallah again made the extras and the lead was out to 12 points to six. The London players continued to battle for the rest of the half and Rhys Williams had a try disallowed for being in touch. The French line judge was adamant much to the disgust of Williams and teammates who were certain it was a try but the chess game ended in a stalemate and the halftime hooter went with the score stuck at 12-6. The sun continued to shine as the teams returned for a second half that would turn out to be on a knife edge right up to the hooter and the last play of the ball. It was London who came out the stronger at the start of the second half and on 46 minutes Rhys Williams collected a ball from a Toulouse kick and beat two defenders to break away. He passed inside to Walker who was in open field and clear of the chasing Kheirallah. How the French fullback managed to tap Walkers ankles is a mystery but tap them he did and the move was stopped in its tracks. Eight minutes later, however, Matt Davies picked up from dummy half and was over for his debut try for London and with Dixon again kicking the extras we were all square again. Toulouse came back again and on 58 mins broke the line only to be stopped by Walker but the fullback was judged to have prevented the play of the ball and picked up the first yellow card of his career. Kheirallah took the two points on offer and the French edged back in front. Within five minutes the French had pulled further ahead when Chris Centrone skipped through two missed tackles and left the Broncos line behind to score and move the hosts further in front. Kheirallah kicked the two yet again and with less than 20 minutes to play lead by eight. Back to back penalties for London saw them move upfield and when Eddie Battye crashed over on 69 minutes the comeback was on. Dixon kicked us to within two and the game went mad from there. Walker, on 73 minutes, chased a high kick from Pewhairangi and was taken out as he raced through the Toulouse defence and referee Matt Rossleigh gave the penalty. Dixon kicked us level and with five minutes to play we were at 20 -20. The last five minutes were to and fro as both sides missed chances to take the drop goal. Pewhairangi sliced wide and Dixon had an effort charged down as did Barthau and Kheirallah put one wide as on the hooter the spoils were shared with a point apiece. The Broncos will now move on to another huge game at home to Halifax with their own top four aspirations still firmly in their hands. LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Williams, Kear, Hellewell, Dixon, Pewhairangi, Cunningham, Spencer, Davis, Evans, Pitts, Battye, Hindmarsh. INTERCHANGE:- Gee, Harrison, Ioane, Davies TRIES:- Cunningham (14), Davies (54), Battye (69) GOALS :- Dixon 4/4 TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE:- Kheirallah, Maurer, Ader, Marguerite, Centrone, Barthau, Ford, Cameron, Kriouache, Bretherton, Mika, Curran, Marion INTERCHANGE:- Bouzinac, Puech, Hepi, Boyer TRIES:- Mika (7), Ader (18), Centrone (63) GOALS :- Kheirallah 4/4 Referee :- Matt Rossleigh View the full article
  8. Broncos News

    Broncos have a big three weeks

    London Broncos will make the trip across the channel this weekend in the first of three back to back fixtures that will determine their fate for the 2018 season. With games to come against Halifax RLFC and Featherstone Rovers respectively, the trip to France is a must-win occasion for the capital side. London will face Toulouse Olympique for the third time this season and with the French team getting the better of us twice already the boys are itching to try and take their revenge at Stade Ernest Argeles Blagnac on Saturday evening. Welsh international, Rhys Williams said, ” There are six teams and four places and its do or die time really. I am sure its great for the neutrals to watch each week. We have been building over the last few weeks to this period and its now all about high-pressure rugby.” Head Coach Danny ward has named an unchanged 19 man squad from the game against Batley. The 19 man squad to face Toulouse Olympique at 5 pm (BST) on Saturday 7th July:- Eddie Battye Michael Channing James Cunningham Matt Davies Matt Davis Kieran Dixon Ben Evans Matty Gee Daniel Harrison Ben Hellewell Daniel Hindmarsh Mark Ioane Elliot Kear Api Pewhairangi Jay Pitts Jarrod Sammut Tom Spencer Alex Walker Rhys Williams View the full article
  9. Broncos News

    Broncos sign forward from Limoux.

    London Broncos is pleased to announce the signing of 21-year old French-Polynesian front row forward, Daymeric Pelo, from Limoux Rugby League in France until the end of the 2018 season as they look towards a top-four finish. Born and raised in Australia, on the Gold Coast, Pelo has played the lions share of his rugby league with Gold Coast Titans U20s and Melbourne Storm U20s. The Australian forward joined the French outfit at the start of the 2018 season and has impressed with his side making it to runners-up spot in this year’s French Grand Final. Pelo said, “The reason I chose to come to London Broncos was because of the great young team they are building here. The coaching team were very honest and enthusiastic about their plans and ideas for the team too. It has also helped enormously that I have friends here too in the shape of Mark Ioane and his fiance Serah.” “I am really looking forward to working hard for a position in the team first as they have some great players in the positions in which I play & also having a really big end of the season with the Broncos which will hopefully lead to team success as well.” When asked what he thought he would bring to the squad he said, “Enthusiasm, my own style, being humble and having the best work ethic possible.” London Broncos Head Coach, Danny Ward, said, ” We are very happy to give Daymeric an opportunity at the Broncos and are looking forward to working with him. He is a young, hungry forward with plenty of size and playing ability.” Broncos Chairman, David Hughes, said, ” We are very happy to welcome Daymeric to London and hope that he fits in well in the capital. It’s great to see more young talented players coming into the squad and it clearly shows the draw of playing here. I look forward to seeing Daymeric in a London shirt in the very near future.” View the full article
  10. Broncos News

    Broncos make it 3 on the trot

    With temperatures hitting over 27 degrees, London Broncos won their third game on the trot, on Sunday, with a win over a determined Batley Bulldogs side at The Foxs biscuits Stadium. Having won their last two, at home against Rochdale and Swinton, the London side were looking for a third win to keep pace with the top four teams above them. London Captain, Jay Pitts, won the toss and elected to go up the famous hill in the first half and the slope looked throughout the half to take its toll on the Broncos legs. The hosts drew first blood after the first few opening exchanges when Cunningham went down with an eye injury. From the resulting play London knocked on and from the scrum, a huge gap opened up and Sam Smeaton was over the line. Patch Walker kicked the extras and the hosts after seven minutes were in front by six points to nil. Batley kept hammering on the door and when on 29 minutes a high kick went up on the last there was Kieran Dixon to catch it and just as he did against Swinton he was off up the hill towards the try line. Pewhairangi kept pace with the winger and was on hand to take the pass and go over for the Broncos first try of the afternoon. Dixon added the two and we were back to all square. On 35 Minutes Batley thought they had scored when James Harrison went over the line but a fantastic tackle from Alex Walker caused the Batley player to knock on. 37 minutes gone and Dixon again picked up the ball on our 10m line and he was away and had it not been the fact he was running uphill he would not have been stopped short of the line. However, the Broncos spread the ball from one side of the field to the other with Rhys Williams collecting the ball and touching down in the corner. Dixon kicked the extras again and the gap was six points with 3 minutes of the half left. Batley got a lucky break right on the hooter when Alex Walker took a kick on the last in the in goal but the tackle made him spill the ball and there was James Davey to touch the ball for the try. Walker kicked the points and at halftime, it was all to play for at 12 points each. The Broncos came back out and started quickly with good runs from Walker, Hindmarsh and Davies. Then with only five minutes gone of the second half Matty Gee and Dan Hindmarsh combined to get Matt Davis to the line. He tried to play the ball quickly and was awarded a penalty which the visitors ran. A great ball from hooker, Matt Davies, saw Matty Gee power through the line and over for the try. Dixon converted and the gap had widened to 18 -12. Within four minutes the Broncos had scored again this time following a great run over the line from Jay Pitts. Dixon added the extras and on the very next set found himself bagging a try. A high kick was put up by Sammut on the last and was taken by Walker who had the vision to chip his own kick over the Batley defence for Dixon to latch onto and score in the corner. The winger could not convert but London were 28 -12 up. The Broncos played with a new level of confidence in the second half and this saw some great work all over the park culminating in Tom Spencer touching down and Rhys Williams scoring a second trademark try in the corner. Dixon converted one of the kicks and after a consolation try for Batley the hooter went on a hard fought victory in Yorkshire. The boys now move onto Toulouse and a huge game next weekend with Halifax in London the week after. LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Dixon, Channing, Kear, Williams, Pewhairangi, Cunningham, Battye, Sammut, Evans, Pitts, Hindmarsh, Davis INTERCHANGE :- Ioane, Davies, Gee, Spencer TRIES :- Pewhairangi(29), Williams(37, 67), Gee(43), Pitts(48), Dixon(51),Spencer(55) GOALS:- 5/7 BATLEY BULLDOGS:- Scott, Tomlinson, Smeaton, Galbraith, Crookes, Walker, Hemingway, Gledhill, Leak, Lilycrop, Manning, Day, Farrell INTERCHANGE:- Harrison, Brown, Davey, Bretherton TRIES:- Smeaton(8), Davey(40), Galbraith (80) GOALS:- Walker 2/3 View the full article
  11. Broncos News

    Away games a plenty

    London Broncos will play the first of four away games left in the regular season this weekend when they visit Batley Bulldogs at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday 1st July Kick Off 3 pm. The last two games have seen the Broncos pick up maximum points from their two home games against Rochdale and Swinton respectively and they will need to keep the winning run going to fulfil their ambitions of making the top four and the Super 8’s Qualifiers. Danny Ward welcomes both Daniel Harrison and Ben Hellewell back to the 19 man squad following injuries to the two players Batley Bulldogs are never easy to beat at their own ground and the team know what is needed to bring the two points back to Trailfinders. Prop Eddie Battye said, ” We can not underestimate Batley. We all know what to expect as we have all played there before. They have a good attack and some good players coming back into their squad.” The 19 man squad to face Batley Bulldogs on Sunday 1st July:- 15 – Eddie Battye 17 – Michael Channing 09 – James Cunningham 13 – Matt Davis 25 – Matt Davies 05 – Kieran Dixon 18 – Ben Evans 16 – Matt Gee 11 – Daniel Harrison 03 – Ben Hellewell 26 – Daniel Hindmarsh 10 – Mark Ioane 01 – Elliot Kear 06 – Api Pewhairangi 12 – Jay Pitts 07 – Jarrod Sammut 08 – Tom Spencer 14 – Alex Walker 02 – Rhys Williams View the full article
  12. Broncos News

    Academy face Wigan away.

    London Broncos U19’s face the trip to Wigan this weekend to face the Warriors U19’s in a game that could see London win three games on the bounce. The boys of the Academy are in a vein of form at the moment with confidence high after beating both Wakefield Trinity and the then league leaders, Leeds Rhinos. This is their first away trip since they visited St Helens at the beginning of June in a game that they have clearly now forgotten looking at the last two performances. Huw Goodwin will be looking to his men to bring back the points and cement their current position of 8th in the Academy table. The U19’s Squad to face Wigan Warriors on 30th June at 3pm :- Will Blakemore Gideon Boafo Junior Bray Will Budd Max Clarke Ryan Couch Sam Davis Alfie Edwards Jesse Fearn Charlie Gamble Christian Gale Caley Gray Adam Green Josh Hodson Rhys Joel Jacob Jones Joe Leigh James Meadows Rob Oakley Tom Scott View the full article
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    The Friday Blog

    Each week our resident writer, Mike Molloy, takes us on his journey into Rugby League. Being from a Union background it would seem Mike is slowly coming around to the code we all love. If you like old-fashioned sayings then last weekend could have been the perfect time to use the old saying “like a pig in the proverbial poo” This was the perfect description for me over the weekend and thank god for the technology that allows us all to enjoy our favourite sports without being slaves to time. What a delight it was to be able to witness a veritable feast of my favourite sporting entertainment, with Eddie Jone’s team ( rugby union #rfu) making a huge impression in Cape Town, trouncing the Springboks in a hugely memorable game, a remarkable feat that, as far as I know, has never happened to the Springboks before on their home turf and then what was for me the main event of the weekend, Sam Burgess (rugby league #rfl) leading England to a spectacular victory over the New Zealand Kiwis in what was a very successful international rugby league promotional game staged over in Denver. The game itself was a fantastic display of the sheer physicality that is a rugby league game. It was a real spectacle that was enjoyed by a large and very enthusiastic crowd. England had a slightly steady start but once they got into their stride they opened up the game with some truly fantastic play resulting in some brilliant tries, including one of the classiest I’ve seen from Ryan Hall, who for such a big guy displayed some of the most incredible athleticism to secure his try! We even managed to do ourselves proud in the cricket. The London Broncos #WeAreLondon played a blinder and secured a resounding and very convincing victory over the Swinton Lions who proved themselves to be no pushover but still had to bow out with a thundering 58-22 loss. Congratulations to the Broncos for a game well played and a brilliant result the trick will be to keep up the intensity and discipline for the next couple of games. Being as I started this off with an old saying, I might just squeeze another in here as well, how about “practice makes perfect” perfecting my understanding and knowledge of rugby league is proving to be a great journey and one of the most enjoyable subjects I have been asked to write about for a long time, believe me I do get asked to write about some boring stuff sometimes, I have realised that actually to really get to know it I need to watch more games “practice makes perfect you see” with that in mind I can’t wait to come and watch the Broncos when they play Halifax and in fact any other league games I can squeeze in. I note that there are a couple of games before the Halifax game, with the Broncos coming up against Batley and then Toulouse ( I think the Broncos might need a team interpreter and being as I was born and brought up in France and speak French fluently maybe I should come along just to be on the safe side when it comes to communication) I am signing off this week by wishing the team good luck against Batley Bulldogs on Sunday, a team, I am told, that shouldn’t be underestimated! The more I watch the more I love the spectacle that is rugby league. About the author Mike Molloy, is an experienced freelance professional writer & Author He regularly writes blog content on a variety of topics including food, hotels, travel & skiing to primary school pupil literacy and more. Twitter @MikeMolloy08 Facebook/ Mike Molloy author #mikemolloyauthor #WeAreLondon View the full article
  14. Broncos News

    Meadows commits to 3 more years.

    London Broncos are pleased to announce that young half-back, James Meadows has re-signed for the club on a deal that will keep him here, in the capital, until 2021. Meadows, who only moved up from the Academy at the start of the 2018 season, has impressed enough to be offered a more permanent long-term 3 year deal with the club. Meadows started his journey into rugby league through the Broncos Community club at Elmbridge Eagles in Surrey. Meadows, being originally from Teddington, was looking to play the sport and found himself at the Surrey club before playing in the London Rugby League Foundation’s Origin game and then onto the Broncos Academy. James told us, ” I am really happy to commit to such a great club. We have a great unit here and this is where I wanted to stay for the foreseeable future. I would like to thank all the coaches, especially Danny Ward and Jamie Langley, I have worked with here in helping me to get where I am now. Also a huge thanks to my family who have been there for me through the ups and downs. I am very excited as to what lies ahead here in London and hopefully, we can get back to the Superleague where this club belongs.” Head Coach Danny Ward said, ” James has had a very good year and he is way ahead of where we could ever have imagined. He has certainly stood up well at first-team level and is a great lad to work with. That aside we must remember that he is only young and has plenty of room for improvement in his game.” Chairman David Hughes said, ” We have watched James on his journey through the Academy system here in London and are delighted to see the progress he has made. He is a very talented young player who is yet another one coming from the conveyor belt here in the capital. We are very pleased to have secured his signature for the next three years and look forward to seeing the continuation of his rugby league progression.” View the full article
  15. Broncos News

    Club Announcement – Matt Davis

    Following much speculation in the rugby league press and media channels London Broncos can now announce that second row forward, Matt Davis, has signed for Warrington Wolves for next season on a two year deal. Davis was offered a new contract to remain at London back at the start of January but decided that he wanted a new challenge and Warrington was his destination of choice. Matt Davis said, ” I owe a lot to people like Danny Ward and Jamie Langley for helping to make me the player that I am now. I felt, though, that I needed a new challenge in my career and after talking to Warrington I felt that that was the right choice. I have spoken with the Warrington management team and I am excited about their vision for the club moving forward.” ” I still intend to play as hard as I ever have while still here in London and hope that we can get the club back to SuperLeague.” Head Coach Danny Ward said, ” We are very disappointed to lose someone like Matt and we fought to keep him here with the offer we gave him. The club and I respect his decision, however, to move to pastures new and we wish him all the best for his future.” Chairman David Hughes said, ” We are obviously disappointed to lose another player to a Super League club and are sorry to see Matt go having tried so hard to keep him here. The Academy is continuing to produce some very talented players and we are doing everything to keep as much of that talent, at London Broncos, as we can.” Davis has made 58 first team appearances for London Broncos. View the full article