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  1. Broncos News

    The Interview – Eloi Pelissier

    When Eloi Pelissier came to watch London Broncos vs Toulouse in July, in France, little did he know how far that particular ticket would take him. We caught up with the enigmatic Frenchman to find out more. How are you finding playing in London? I am really enjoying my time here In London. I came here firstly for the rugby and I want to say that I love the training, the facilities, the coaches and the players. They have all made me feel so welcome here and I feel that I have fitted in very well. The most important thing for me is to be happy on the field and I am getting closer to the other guys week by week. And off the field in the capital? There is so much to do here in London and I am enjoying that part of being here too. So many restaurants, parks, places to visit and so much history here too. It’s a great experience for me to live here in London. Many people in Catalans, where I am from, never leave there. There are whole families who just stay in France and never try to get away to other places. Even my family and friends have stayed in the region and never moved away. Are any of your family coming to see you play here? Actually some of my friends and my dad came over for the game today against Toulouse. My girlfriend has been over a few times now and she loves it here in London which obviously can be a bit expensive for me as she loves the shopping here. My little boy has been over with her too and its amazing to have them here with me for long periods. She has also said that if I were to stay here that she would move over with my son which would be fantastic. Being from Catalans what does the Challenge Cup win mean? It is incredible. The people in Catalans are a very proud people They do not look at it as just a region its more than that. It means so much to win the Cup and it’s a huge step forward for the whole of French Rugby League. It gives rugby league the chance to grow from the back of this and will bring a buzz to the entire country. It needs to be promoted on the back of this win and make the game great in my country. We played against Toulouse. Many friends in their side you have played against? Yes I have played with a few in the side, played against a few in their side but it is always good to face friends on the field for me. One of my best friends is at Toulouse. Andrew Bentley, who is out injured at the moment, played with me at Catalans Dragons and he and his brother helped me out whenever I needed something. The Bentley family are very close to my heart. You said you lived in Manchester. How does that differ from London? I enjoyed playing for Leigh Centurions but we were in a difficult position a bit like Widnes Vikings are now. So we played constantly with pressure especially in the Super 8s. There was pressure on the players, staff and the whole club in general. We were the SuperLeague team and playing Championship sides is dangerous as they have the desire to go up. I loved playing there and made some great friends too. The lifestyle between the two cities is very different and London seems to be a lot more expensive than the north. I played about 25 games at Leigh and that was great for me. Now I think London can do what no one expects them to do and that is to go up. Can I say a big thankyou to everyone involved with Broncos for making me and my family feel so wanted here. Matt Davis has been a great friend already in the short time I have been here and I want to play the best I can and show the fans that London should be back in the top league. View the full article
  2. London Broncos went down to their third defeat of the Qualifiers on Saturday in a game strewn with mistakes and penalties at Kcom Craven Park against Hull Kingston Rovers. The hosts put out a strong side despite losing key players in the build up came out at the start of the first half the stronger of the two. London were penalised early in the piece on three minutes when Sammut was adjudged to have put a late hit in on Atkin. With the partisan crowd screaming for the half-back to be given a yellow card the Referee decided that the penalty was enough and Hull KR continued the play and when the kick on the last tackle of the next play went dead in goal Ben Crooks decided to kick the ball away and much to the chagrin of the crowd received a yellow card for dissent. London failed to take advantage of Hull KR being down to 12 men and it was the hosts who went over first on eight minutes when James Greenwood touched down in the corner. Atkin converted and the visitors trailed by six. On 11 minutes the Broncos had a chance to hit back when Ben Hellewell, following his run last week against Toulouse, once again picked up the ball and weaved his way through the home defence only to be caught just over halfway. The ball was played back and then Cunningham passed out to Kear who in turn passed back inside to Walker but his kick was to deep for a chasing Rhys Williams and the ball was dead and the chance gone. Within three minutes the Broncos were again on the Hull KR five metre line and some great thinking from Sammut saw the Maltese international dab a kick through the line and chase it down to touch the ball for the first Try for the visitors. He converted his own try from an impossible angle and we were all square. Two Hull KR sets and four minutes later Eddie Battye was penalised for a high tackle right in front of the posts and Atkin happily took the two points on offer and opened up the lead to eight points to six and within a further three minutes Atkin was on the end of a kick through and over for the try to widen the gap to 12 -6. Danny Tickle took over the kicking duties but missed the conversion. London were being penalised with alarming regularity and having to face some stern pressure form the home side and this again bore fruit when on 25 minutes former Bronco, Tommy Lee went over from dummy half to widen the gap even further to 16 – 6.Tickle this time converted and with 12 minutes left in the half the score stood at 18 – 6 to the hosts. On 35 minutes it looked as if London would hit back as Sadiq Adebiyi broke the line following some great hands from the visitors. He reached the goal line with two Hull KR players attached to him and just as he offloaded to Sammut who was obviously about to score when a pair of KR hands came out of nowhere and snatched the ball to prevent the try. Great move from the visitors and another chance went begging. On 38 minutes again the crowd screamed for a late hit on the kicker on the last tackle and again the referee was quick to give the penalty to Hull KR. Tickle kicked it and as the hooter went the Broncos were 20- 6 down and had another second half to produce to get back into the game. As Danny Ward said after the game the visitors discipline must have disintegrated since their previous few games with a penalty count of 9 – 2 in favour of the hosts. The second half started in a cagey fashion as both sides completed sets and the penalties were evenly distributed until the 54th minute when following a penalty for a high tackle the ball was played by Eloi Pelissier to Matty Gee who crashed over to close the gap. Sammut, who did not miss all evening, converted and the Broncos were back in the game at 20-12. The Broncos now seemed fired up and continued to pressurise the home side until on 63 minutes when they lost James Cunninghma to injury and the side needed to change things around to accommodate the setback and they worked as on 65 minutes a kick was dabbed through to the corner and Michael Channing got there first to score in the corner. Sammut converted again and with 13 minutes left to play the Broncos now only trailed by two points. The Broncos defended for their lives and with penalties again going the way of the home side the visitors repelled three consecutive sets on their own line but finally on 70 minutes the persistence of Hull KR paid off as Greenwood went over in the corner. Atkin went back to the kicking duties and converted and with 8 minutes to play the score was now 26 – 18. The Broncos kept pushing forward but the hosts held firm until on 77 minutes Broncos hearts were broken when an Atkin kick was collected by Junior Vaivai and over to put the game to bed. Atkin missed the conversion but at the hooter Hull KR had run out winners by 30 points to 18. Danny Ward, in his press conference, said ” I am proud of these boys today. The effort they put in was tremendous and I cannot fault that.” The Broncos now face their last two games knowing that they will need to win at least one if they want to make the Million Pound game as other results did not go their way. They next face Salford Red Devils at Trailfinders. LONDON BRONCOS:- Walker, Channing, Hellewell, Kear, Williams, Cunningham, Sammut, Ioane, Davis, Evans, Pitts, Hindmarsh, Battye. INTERCHANGE:- (All Used) Gee, Lovell, Pelissier, Adebiyi. TRIES :- Sammut (16), Gee ( 54), Channing (66) GOALS :- Sammut 3/3 HULL KR :- Hall, Salter, Crooks, Vaivai, Oakes, Carney, Atkin, Scruton, Lee, Mulhern, Greenwood, Tomkins, Clarkson INTERCHANGE:- (All Used) Lunt, Tickle, Kavanagh, Donaldson TRIES :- Greenwood ( 8, 70), Atkin (19), Lee (27), Vaivai (77) GOALS:- Tickle 2/3 , Atkin 3/4 Referee :- Gregory Dolan. View the full article
  3. Broncos News

    The Friday Blog

    Back on my journey! Following a fascinating and eye-opening conversation with one of the guys at Henrys’ rugby training session on Sunday morning I’ve started to ponder once again why there is this schism between rugby league and rugby union? Also, why should there be such polarised a few of these two codes, both great sports in their own right. After a quite lengthy discussion on the merits of rugby as a whole we seemed to reach a general consensus that those players that had the benefit of having been brought up and taught both codes through the youth or school system, in general terms, had a better set of skills which they could apply in either code that they took up in later life. One perfect example of this is the New Zealand all Blacks on the virtual dominance of international rugby union, the all Blacks team being made up of a high proportion of guys who have and can play in both coats, their ability to keep the ball moving is very reminiscent of rugby league resulting in fast play. Fast play that a lot of teams simply cannot live with. He was telling me that having played rugby league with one of the northern clubs, Leigh in Lancashire, the reason that he chose union as a player was because at the time there was a certain level of brutality within rugby league that rugby union did not seem to have. Having watched a lot of rugby league over the summer I would tend to agree that rugby league does display a lot more physicality however it’s not a close call for me as to which type of match I would choose to sit and watch. Having bits being thoroughly spoiled by watching a game that has complete speed of foreplay as opposed to a game with so much time is spent on the ground, it’s a hard one to call and I wouldn’t like to make that choice. The fantastic results of the game against Toulouse on Sunday reflects the true quality and class of this Broncos team.To hit half-time with a 26-4 lead over Toulouse must have been an incredible confidence boost for the guys and if I cast my mind back to my last last article the team seem to have taken my advice, not that I would claim to have given any advice that made such a huge difference, but they certainly did seem to open this game with the same style of play that they finished their previous game with. With Toulouse struggling to keep up with a blistering display from the Broncos and the game ending up as a 34-8 whitewash this has got to be an enormous confidence boost going forward into the next game with two points in the bag. Keeping the momentum going for the clash against Hull Kingston Rovers this Saturday is the prize to aim for and using the lessons undoubtedly learned in Sunday‘s game against Toulouse to make sure that they hit the ground running from the very outset. Can’t wait to see the best from the boys and then back home the following week for a giant face off against Salford. I am finding the overlap at this end of the season interesting as I switch between codes constantly to catch up on various teams playing. I have to say that I am totally spoilt for choice now being a convert to rugby league. I’m wondering if I should even start watching some Gaelic football, maybe now is the time on this journey of mine, to broaden my sporting horizons even more, as a fellow sporting fan pointed out to me there are similarities between all three of these sports, except that the Gaelic footballers come at you with a stick. Anyone out there in Twitter land wanting to give me some pointers or information regarding Gaelic football would be very welcome in the meantime a massive good luck goes out to the London Broncos. Keep up the good work, keep the pressure on and keep pumping! About the author Mike Molloy, is an experienced freelance professional writer & Author He regularly writes blog content on a variety of topics including Rugby League, food, hotels, travel & skiing to primary school pupil literacy and more. Twitter @MikeMolloy08 Facebook/ Mike Molloy author #mikemolloyauthor #WeAreLondon #britishboxingnews #superstarphones View the full article
  4. Broncos News

    Hull KR away next for the Broncos

    London Broncos travel to Hull Kingston Rovers, this weekend, as their Super 8’s Qualifiers campaign goes into the last three rounds. The Capital side will take a lot of confidence from the win, last weekend, against Toulouse Olympique and will be looking to re-create the same performance against a strong Hull KR side. Danny Ward has named a strong squad with only one change from the win against Toulouse with Will Lovell returning to the squad in place of the injured Daniel Harrison. Ward said, “The boys have been playing well and a lot of that is due to us focusing mainly on ourselves rather than the opposition. Hull is a tough place to go to as I know having played there but it is always nice to go back.” The 19 man squad to face Hull Kingston Rovers on Saturday 15th September 6pm Kick Off :- 19 – Sadiq Adebiyi 15 – Eddie Battye 17 – Michael Channing 09 – James Cunningham 13 – Matt Davis 05 – Kieran Dixon 18 – Ben Evans 16 – Matty Gee 03 – Ben Hellewell 26 – Daniel Hindmarsh 10 – Mark Ioane 01 – Elliot Kear 21 – Will Lovell 30 – Eloi Pelissier 12 – Jay Pitts 07 – Jarrod Sammut 08 – Tom Spencer 14 – Alex Walker 02 – Rhys Williams View the full article
  5. The nominations for the 2018 Betfred Championship and League 1 awards have been confirmed and Broncos Head Coach, Danny Ward, has been nominated for the Championship Head Coach of the Year Award. Ward, who took over from Andrew Henderson at the start of the season has been nominated alongside the Halifax head coach Richard Marshall, who won the award in 2015 and Sylvain Houles of Toulouse Olympique XIII. All three coaches successfully led their sides in to the Super 8s The Qualifiers. The four-man shortlist for this year’s Player of the Year award features two Toulouse Olympique XIII players – full-back Mark Kheirallah and half-back Johnathon Ford, who previously won the League 1 Player of the Year in 2016 – alongside Halifax Captain Scott Murrell and Luke Briscoe of Featherstone Rovers. Brandon Moore of Halifax is nominated for the Young Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. Sheffield Eagles’ Matt Costello and Harry Newman of Featherstone Rovers are also named in the three-man shortlist. In Betfred League 1, Leon Pryce of Workington Town is shortlisted in his first year as head coach of the club, alongside Bradford Bulls’ John Kear and James Ford of York City Knights, who was also shortlisted in 2017. York City Knights’ Ben Cockayne and Connor Robinson are included in the four-man shortlist for League 1 Player of the Year, alongside Sean Penkywicz of Workington Town and Bradford Bulls’ Dane Chisholm. The League 1 Young Player of the Year shortlist features two players from Bradford Bulls. Winger Ethan Ryan and stand-off Brandon Pickersgill are nominated alongside York City Knights’ winger Judah Mazive. Championship Player of the Year: Luke Briscoe (Featherstone Rovers), Scott Murrell (Halifax RLFC), Mark Kheirallah (Toulouse Olympique XIII), Johnathon Ford (Toulouse Olympique XIII) Championship Coach of the Year: Danny Ward (London Broncos), Richard Marshall (Halifax RLFC), Sylvain Houles (Toulouse Olympique XIII) Championship Young Player of the Year: Harry Newman (Featherstone Rovers), Brandon Moore (Halifax RLFC), Matt Costello (Sheffield Eagles) League 1 Player of the Year: Ben Cockayne (York City Knights), Connor Robinson (York City Knights), Dane Chisholm (Bradford Bulls) and Sean Penkywicz (Workington Town). League 1 Coach of the Year: James Ford (York City Knights), John Kear (Bradford Bulls), Leon Pryce (Workington Town) League 1 Young Player of the Year: Brandon Pickersgill (Bradford Bulls), Ethan Ryan (Bradford Bulls) and Judah Mazive (York City Knights) The winners will be announced at the 2018 Betfred Championship and League 1 annual dinner in Manchester on Tuesday, September 25. View the full article
  6. Broncos News

    The Friday Blog

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing!! Disappointment for the Broncos against the Wolfpack or could the hard work put in during the last quarter of the match continue and spill over into the next game against Toulouse? I’m hoping so because on my union to league journey I have effectively come to the end of the road I think, well sort of the end of the road I’m still a big union fan but I think I now understand enough about league to be able to pick a club and the Broncos to my mind seem a pretty good bet, they play with style and a certain amount of class they are not quite at the top so there’s all to play for and hope for and as a team they have the feel of winners about them, so yeah I’m happy to say that I am truly convert to rugby league and long to see more from the Broncos in future. And as I said in my post last week to lose to a team as classy as the Wolfpack by just a few points is no great shame, yes we can all say if only they had got off the mark quicker, if only the first half have seen some of the dynamic play that we saw in the last quarter of the second half things may have been a whole lot different but you know we’re not on the pitch the players are and we are just onlookers into something that they’re experiencing and living right at that moment and there are certain things that happen on the pitch and in a team that the onlooker might not be aware off so, to my mind, there is probably a perfectly good reason why the guys got off to a slow start in last week’s game. I sincerely hope though that lessons from that have been learnt and we get off to a fast start at the next game because to be sure the team from Toulouse will be all over us if we’re not out of the starting blocks fast. You know I think the next thing I’m going to be looking into in rugby league is where the kids get their start, what do the clubs do to encourage our tiny tigers to take up the fantastic sport of rugby league is there progression ? Are there little tiny teams ? I’m sure there must be and I’m sure that this is all been thought of before so if anybody out there can fill me in on what we offer in rugby league to children and youngsters up and down the country I’ll be glad to hear it. I am so looking forward to the match with Toulouse and would like to wish the lads all the best of luck. About the author Mike Molloy, is an experienced freelance professional writer & Author He regularly writes blog content on a variety of topics including Rugby League, food, hotels, travel & skiing to primary school pupil literacy and more. Twitter @MikeMolloy08 Facebook/ Mike Molloy author #mikemolloyauthor #WeAreLondon #britishboxingnews #superstarphones View the full article
  7. London Broncos put the disappointment of their previous two games by beating Toulouse Olympique by 34 points to 8 on Sunday 9th September putting them above their French visitors and into the Million Pound Game places. Toulouse arrived on the back of a 42-22 win over Super League Widnes in confident mood but it was the home side who started the better of the two and within seven minutes the hosts saw a pin point grubber kick from Jarrod Sammut collected by James Cunningham who dotted down to open the scoring. Sammut converted and the slow starts against Leeds and Toronto where a distant memory. Twelve minutes in and Rhys Williams found a gap in the Toulouse defence and was away until somehow Mark Kheirallah somehow manged to tap the Welshman’s ankle and prevent the score. From the resulting play the visitors gave up a penalty to the left of the posts and Sammut stepped up to slot it home and widen the gap to 8. Toulouse were always going to retaliate and that they did on 19 minutes when the Broncos defence was breached and centre Arthur Romano went over to open the French side’s account. Kheirallah missed the conversion and the lead had been halved. London were given another penalty on 20 minutes for a flop in the tackle and Sammut stepped up for a kick in front of the posts only to see it hit those posts and bounce down to the opposition. Play went back and forth between the sides until on 28 minutes the vistors threw a pass out wide only to see, as ever, Kieran Dixon intercept and run 70 metres and under the posts to extend the home side’s lead. Sammut converted and with 29 minutes gone it was 14 points to four. The Broncos clearly saw that the time was right to put even more pressure on their French counterparts and within six minutes fullback Alex Walker had taken a lovely pass from Cunningham and glided through the defence and over for the try. Sammut continued his run and converted again. Walker was again on the scoresheet three minutes later as again breached the Toulouse back line and over the whitewash. Sammut kicked the extra two again and as the hooter went for halftime London Broncos led by 26 points to four. Toulouse Coach, Sylvain Houles, sent his side out very early for the start of the second half and the increased intensity showed what his halftime chat was all about. The Broncos, however, were excellent in defence and on 50 minutes Dixon almost scored again in the corner but this was unfortunately to be his last involvement as he collided with the hoardings and did not return to the field. Elliot Kear put in a great charge for the line on 56 minutes but was held up over the line but the home side just kept on pressing. Toulouse kicked on the last and Williams carried the ball but was stopped by Bastien Canet who appeared to kick out at the Welsh winger and the referee produced a yellow card and Canet spent 10 minutes in the bin. Another penalty against the visitors on 62 minutes for stripping the ball from Battye saw Sammut step up and kick the two points on offer and the score went to 28 points to 4 with less than 20 minutes to play. Toulouse continued to throw the ball around the park but did so one time too many and there was Scottish international, Ben Hellewell, to catch on his own 5 metre line and leave the opposition in his wake by sprinting the length of the pitch and over the line. Sammut converted for the fifth time and the score was now 34 points to four. Toulouse hooker, Stanislas Robin scored a late consolation try but the Broncos were not going to be denied and as the Hooter went the Broncos had won the game and leapfrogged their opponents up into fifth in the table with a 34 points to eight victory. London now travel away to Hull KR in the next round of the qualifiers and then return to Trailfinders to face Salford Red Devils on the 23rd of September. Buy tickets here :- LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Dixon, Hellewell, Kear, Williams, Cunningham, Sammut, Ioane, Davis, Evans, Pitts, Hindmarsh, Battye INTERCHANGE:- (All Used) Gee, Harrison, Adebiyi, Pelissier TRIES:- Cunningham (7), Dixon (28), Walker ( 36,39), Hellewell ( 74) GOALS:- 7/8 TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE :- Kheirallah, Marcon, Romano, Ader, Centrone, Ford, Robin, Bretherton, Marion, Puech, Curran, Planas, Rapira INTERCHANGE:- (All Used) Barthau, Canet, Hepi, Seguier TRIES:- Romano (18), Robin (76) GOALS :- Kheirallah 0/2 SIN BIN :- Canet (57) REFEREE :- Thomas Grant. View the full article
  8. Broncos News

    Academy face tough test at home

    London Broncos Academy face a tough test tomorrow September 8th when they face high flying St Helens here at Trailfinders Sports Club at 3pm. Huw Goodwin’s charges have played very well in the last few games and are currently unbeaten in the last two encounters against City Of Hull and Newcastle Thunder respectively. The boys will be looking to carry on their good form when the visitors arrive on Saturday. The Academy Squad to face St Helens on Saturday September 8th at 3pm. Chris Ball Will Blakemore Gideon Boafo Junior Bray Max Clarke Ryan Couch Sam Davis Alfie Edwards Christian Gale Charlie Gamble Josh Hodson Rian Horsman Oli Leyland Josh Jackson Rhys Joel Jacob Jones Kai Pearce-Paul Rob Oakley Max Savage Tom Scott View the full article
  9. Broncos News

    Broncos look to bounce back

    London Broncos will, this weekend, be looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats in the Super 8s Qualifiers when they welcome Toulouse Olympique to Trailfinders Sports Club this Sunday at 3pm. Head Coach Danny Ward has again named a strong squad with few changes being made to the 19. This week sees the return of Sadiq Adebiyi to the 19 man squad having recovered from an injury sustained earlier on in the Championship campaign. This will be the fourth time these two teams have faced each other this season having played at Summer Bash as well as the two regular season games. The 19 Man Squad to face Toulouse Olympique on Sunday 9th September 3pm Kick Off:- 19 – Sadiq Adebiyi 15 – Eddie Battye 17 – Michael Channing 09 – James Cunningham 13 – Matt Davis 05 – Kieran Dixon 18 – Ben Evans 16 – Matty Gee 11 – Daniel Harrison 03 – Ben Hellewell 26 – Daniel Hindmarsh 10 – Mark Ioane 01 – Elliot Kear 30 – Eloi Pelissier 12 – Jay Pitts 07 – Jarrod Sammut 08 – Tom Spencer 14 – Alex Walker 02 – Rhys Williams View the full article
  10. Broncos News

    Funeral Service for Neil Robinson

    The funeral service of Neil Robinson took place on Monday 3rd of September in Blackpool. “It was a most impressive attendance in Blackpool, on Monday 3rd of September, representing a true cross section of Neil’s life. There were family members of course but also from his four main corners in life. That of Workington Football Club of which John Walsh of BBC Radio Cumbria spoke so well at the service, of the Police Force, of his varying involvements in the world of cricket and then that of rugby league. There was a particularly strong representation from the RFL including senior management in Dean Hardman, leading referee Phil Bentham, liaison officer of match officials Gerry Kershaw and Neil’s good friend who has been heavily involved in the game for many many years Barry Lilley. There were many more, all of them who I knew, but in hindsight I should have written down names at the time so as to credit them all with coming from far and wide to be present on the day. London RL was represented by Carol Mountfield, who held a variety of roles in the Fulham RLFC and London Crusaders days, by Andy Haigh, who served in the Police with Neil and who was and still is a long time supporter of the sport, and myself.” By Stephen Magee London Broncos would like to thank all those who went to the service on the back of us giving out the details and hope that Neil will be remembered fondly for many years to come. View the full article
  11. Broncos News

    The Friday Blog

    Please note this piece was written before the game against Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday 1st September 2018. The Toronto Wolfpack, Bulgarian Rugby League and excruciating Royal Ballet workouts ! Sitting on my balcony watching a fabulous sunrise here in Bulgaria, my thoughts are with the London Broncos boys winging their way towards their next encounter with the Toronto Wolfpack. Watching the @londonbroncosRL twitter feed it seems like the guys are all settled and relaxed with smiles all round ready for the long and tiring journey. The thing is even if you do grab some sleep on a plane, in my experience, you still arrive tired at the other end and feeling a bit stretched and ragged round the edges. Best cure for that guys is a good rest once you get there and plenty of water ! Mind you I’m pretty sure they will be feeling good to begin with, being as they are in peak condition helped along with top training workouts and supplements and supplies from their brilliant sponsors @MyproteinUK keeping them fuelled to the optimum, anyone doubting that just needs to watch the video a couple of tweets ago, I found it exhausting just watching the guys training, thankfully they have the right fuel for all that hard work. Hard work is something that needs to be reflected on for a minute, for those amongst us who don’t realise just how much hard work and dedication sport of any kind requires to reach any level or decent standard, I can promise you that sometimes it’s mind blowing and the only way to deal with it and get it done is to develop a strong routine that eats into the work to be done little by little each day working towards achievable goals. My 9 year old son, Henry has spent his summer holidays completing his ballet work routine every morning before any of the fun things he would love to be doing, it takes him over an hour every day and looks excruciating and exhausting to me (not that I would ever tell him that) this morning he was on the beach with his sister Ruby going through the routines together and by the end of it the sweat was pouring off both of them, mind you when they broke up for summer holidays none of the other boys in his class at the royal ballet could do the splits only him and a summer of continued routine has certainly paid off as he will be going back stronger and more supple than ever, as will Ruby. As for his Sunday morning rugby training with his team at Derby Under 10s it’s doubtful that any of his team mates will be anywhere as fit, fast or strong, in fact ballet training has got to be a good thing for any sportsman as it builds core strength and unbelievable stamina. With the match against the Toronto Wolfpack being broadcast on sky sports tomorrow at 5.15 I’m going to spend today racing around trying to find a bar that has sky, not sure how successful I’m going to be as it seems that sport isn’t really on the Bulgarian Radar, unless its football, skiing is popular as well but we are not really at the right end of the year for that. Mind you I have been put right by one reader who quite rightly pointed out that Rugby league is quite well represented here in Bulgaria and that they even have a national team that made its international debut in the Balkans Cup last year, maybe the Broncos should look at inviting them over for a friendly and to build some ties and friendships with Rugby league over here, could be fun and as quite new entrants into the rugby league world I would think they would welcome it, could bring all sorts of opportunities. 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
  12. Broncos News

    Broncos fightback too late

    London Broncos staged another second half comeback against Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday but had left too much to do after being kept scoreless in the first half. Broncos travelled to Canada for the second time to face the Wolfpack in the Super 8s qualifiers having beaten Widnes and lost to Leeds with the Toronto side on the same points. London started well but as the half went on they started to get outplayed by the Championship winners and by half time tries from Wallace, Stanley and O’Brien and four goals from the fullback saw the visitors go into the break down by 20 points to nil. Danny Ward will no doubt have read the riot act at halftime as London looked tired and were second best throughout the first period. With Wards’ words no doubt ringing in their ears the Broncos collected the kick off. The ball went to captain Jay Pitts who carried it forward but within 30 seconds of the restart Josh McCrone had stripped the ball and the lead had been stretched to 24. O’Brien again kicked the extras and the gap was out to 26 points. Eight minutes later and another Toronto set as they kicked on the last tackle and the Broncos seemed to just stand and watch as former Bronco, Mason Caton-Brown, chased his own kick though the defence to score under the posts. The kick from O’Brien was good and with 52 minutes gone the Broncos found themselves with a massive uphill battle trailing by 32 points. On 56 minutes, however, the Broncos seemed to spark into life with Matt Davis and Eddie Battye putting in some huge hits on the Toronto players and it paid off as only two minutes later the ball was played to Cunningham, who took the hit, and the ball went to Rhys Williams who went over in the corner. Jarrod Sammut missed the conversion but the visitors were finally on the scoreboard. The next ten minutes went crazy and saw London Broncos score three unanswered tries. The first a jinking run from Alex Walker, converted by Sammut. Ben Evans crashed over and forced the ball down over the line and the try was again converted. Suddenly the Broncos had halved the deficit and on 68 minutes we got even closer as Matt Davis was almost over the line but had the chance to push the ball back though his legs in the tackle for Dixon to pick up and score. Again Sammut converted and we were within 10 points. 73 minutes gone and a hanging kick, on the last tackle, from James Cunningham, saw Dixon go up for the kick but could not quite get there and knocked it dead. From the restart Matt Davis put in a huge hit and forced a knock on and London were on the attack again. Three minutes later and London were knocking on the now somewhat shaky Toronto door and when Mark Ioane burst through the Kiwi seemed to have got the ball down but was adjudged to have been held up over the line. Toronto knocked on again on the next play and as Sammut carried the ball he was stopped by Whiting. The halfback played the ball but there was some pushing between the two which led to them both seeing yellow and a session in the bin. The Wolfpack, from this point, ran down the clock and as the hooter sounded the Wolfpack came out on top by 34 points to 22. London will now face a confident Toulouse, who beat Widnes 42-22, next week back at Trailfinders on September 9th with a 3 O’clock kick off. Tickets are available at :- LONDON BRONCOS:- Walker, Dixon, Hellewell, Williams, Kear, Cunningham, Sammut, Battye, Pelissier, Evans, Pitts, Hindmarsh, Davis INTERCHANGE :- (All Used) Spencer, Harrison, Gee, Ioane TRIES :- Williams (58), Walker (63), Evans (65), Dixon (68) GOALS :- Sammut 3/4 TORONTO WOLFPACK:- O’Brien, Caton-Brown, Stanley, Wheeler, Russell, McCrone, Wallace, Buchanan, Beswick, Lussick, Dixon, Whiting, Emmitt INTERCHANGE :- (All Used) Ackers, Sidlow, Krasniqi, Sims TRIES:- Wallace (5), O’Brien (12), Stanley (19), McCrone (41), Caton-Brown (52) GOALS :- 6/6 Referee – Scott Mikalauskas. View the full article
  13. London Broncos Academy side will make the long trip to Newcastle Thunder this weekend looking to put back to back wins together following the 35-28 win, at Trailfinders, against City of Hull Academy. Huw Goodwin has named his squad to make the trip and will be looking to bring back two points to move them up to ninth in the Academy League table. The Academy squad to face Newcastle Thunder:- Chris Ball Will Blakemore Gideon Boafo Will Budd Max Clarke Ryan Couch Sam Davis Christian Gale Charlie Gamble Adam Green Josh Hodson Rian Horsman Oli Leyland Rhys Joel Jacob Jones Kai Pearce-Paul Rob Oakley Max Savage Tom Scott View the full article
  14. The London Broncos are delighted to announce the re-signing of two of their stand out players from this the 2018 season. Kieran Dixon, who recently celebrated his 100th game for London, has signed a new two year contract while Eddie Battye, Man of the Match in the win over Widnes Vikings, has signed a one year deal. The contract extensions will see Dixon going into his third season back in London since moving from Hull KR and Battye going into his fourth since signing back in 2015. Head Coach Danny Ward said, “We are really pleased that Eddie has signed a contract extension for the 2019 season. He has worked hard on improving his game and been one of our standout forwards of the campaign so far. He’s a good bloke and a popular member of the squad.” “Dicko is a London lad, a product of our Academy and it is great to see him commit to the Broncos for two more years. He has been in good form this year and come up with some big plays for the team. He’s always full of energy and great to have around the place.” “We have had a pretty good season so far on the field and we are committed to keep moving forward as a club and get better. We are already building for 2019 and the signing of these two blokes is a big step in the right direction.” Chairman David Hughes told us, ” We are delighted to have secured the signatures of both Kieran and Eddie. They have both really stepped up this season and brought something new to the team. Eddie has been so consistent throughout as his Man of the Match at Widnes showed and with Kieran we have seen that his pace is and will always be a potent weapon for the side. I look forward to seeing them both continue their careers here and show what great players they are.” Dixon told us, “I am very happy to have been given the chance to continue representing this club again. I hope that I can carry on the form from this year and last and push on into 2019. I would like to thank Rob Powell who gave me my first opportunity here at London Broncos and to Danny Ward for continuing to believe in my ability.” Battye said, “I am really happy to be staying here at London for one more year. I am enjoying my rugby more than ever at the moment and hope that I can carry that form into the rest of the season and beyond. It’s great to be part of something that is this exciting at the moment and I would like to thank Danny Ward for having the belief in me and I hope I can repay his confidence.” View the full article
  15. Broncos News

    Broncos return to Canada

    Head Coach Danny ward has named his 19 man squad to travel to Canada for the second time this season to face Toronto Wolfpack in the third round of the Super 8s Qualifiers. Following the defeat to Leeds Rhinos at Trailfinders Sports Club in round two Ward has named a strong squad to face the Championship League Winners in the hope of repeating the performance against the Wolfpack at home earlier in the season when London ran out winners 47 – 16 in February. The Broncos currently sit on two points in the qualifiers along with Toulouse, Hull KR and this weeks hosts the Wolfpack. The 19 man squad to face Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday 1st September 5.30pm (BST) Kick Off:- 15 – Eddie Battye 17 – Michael Channing 09 – James Cunningham 13 – Matt Davis 05 – Kieran Dixon 18 – Ben Evans 16 – Matty Gee 11 – Daniel Harrison 03 – Ben Hellewell 26 – Daniel Hindmarsh 10 – Mark Ioane 01 – Elliot Kear 21 – Will Lovell 30 – Eloi Pelissier 12 – Jay Pitts 07 – Jarrod Sammut 08 – Tom Spencer 14 – Alex Walker 02 – Rhys Williams View the full article