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  1. London Broncos play host to their first open age game of the season on Sunday, and there will be no monkeying around! We’ve had junior league sides from all over London at Trailfinders this season, but Sunday sees two more London sides visit, with a little bit more rugby league experience. South London Silverbacks take on Hammersmith Hills Hoists at 1pm on Sunday the 23rd of July, and with the Broncos academy side kicking off against Newcastle Thunder at 12pm, and the first team taking on Batley Bulldogs at 3pm, it promises to be a festival of rugby league here in the south. The Hills Hoists were established at the end of 2008 by Australian ex-pats living in the areas of Hammersmith, Acton and Shepherds Bush which lacked a Rugby League team at the time, but possessed many potential players. Since the club’s founding, the Hoists have grown in to a premier team, and are proud to have had players from over 20 countries wear the club’s colours. London Broncos Scholarship coach, Yoni Charlupski, is a proud Hills Hoist player, and has been with the side for a while now. The Silverbacks, however, have a different history. After three successful but difficult seasons with the Beckenham Bears, former committee members Michael Farrow, Christian Loveday and Jody Freeman decided to form the Silverbacks in 2015, to create a fresh start for Rugby League in the Bromley area. Starting afresh eventually took eighteen months, but the club successfully launched this season, with its colours and styling attracting attention far beyond London and the South East. More importantly, players from across the region have descended upon Beckenham and bought into the project. The Backs are currently on an eight-match winning run but have put that streak on the line today to face competition from a higher tier in front of the Broncos faithful. We look forward to building further partnerships in and around London, here at London Broncos, and hope that we can continue to make a difference in rugby league across all age groups from grassroots to Super League. Tickets to Sunday’s game are available for pre-purchase online, please click here. View the full article
  2. Sam Wilde, a Warrington Wolves back rower, will join the London Broncos on loan for the remainder of the 2017 season. The 21 year old, a former Shevington Sharks junior, made his Wire debut in July 2015 against local rivals, Wigan, and has gone on to make 21 appearances for the Wolves, including the 2016 Super League Grand Final. In May, Wilde joined Widnes Vikings on a four week loan. Having played with Broncos teammates, Andy Ackers and Ben Evans at Warrington previously, Wilde says the decision to move to London was an easy one. “When I was told that I had the opportunity to come down to London, I thought it would be a great experience for me – not just in terms of playing games – but getting in with a new group, and moving away, getting down here and challenging myself. “London have been going really well this season – they picked up a great result against Rochdale on the weekend. “I know that London have won quite a few games now, so it’s just about keeping that form and the momentum up, and hopefully I can add to that as well. “Coming down was something I was more than happy to do – it’s nine weeks until the end of the season, so I’ll just come down here and give it everything for nine weeks.” London boss, Andrew Henderson, says the addition of Wilde will keep the current squad on their toes at a pivotal time in the 2017 season campaign. “Sam joins us at an important time of the season, and will give us much needed cover in the back row position with Matt Garside still unavailable due to injury. “He has gained some big game Super League experience already for a young player, which could prove valuable to us in our push for promotion. “We’re looking forward to working with Sam, as I feel he is a great fit for this team and this club. He has a great attitude, high work ethic, and desire to learn and be better. “The addition of Sam adds further competition for places and strengthens the depth of our squad going into the Qualifiers.” Wilde will be available for selection in Sunday’s final regular season game against Batley Bulldogs. View the full article
  3. London Broncos breezed home to a massive 40 point win over Rochdale Hornets on Sunday afternoon at Crown Oil Arena, defeating the Championship newcomers 18-58 in a milestone-filled afternoon. Mark Ioane, who has recently signed on for an additional two years, played his 50th game for the London Broncos – a feat he has not yet achieved at another club, and London, despite a rocky start to the season, achieved the goal of a top two finish, securing four home games in the Super 8s Qualifiers. The Broncos started as they intended to go on, with a superb joint effort between Ackers and Williams – the hooker offloaded to the Welsh winger, before an enormous run from Williams ended in a return offload to Ackers, who dove over the whitewash. Sammut added the two. Rochdale’s McMullen knocked on on six minutes, allowing a London scrum. Pewhairangi wasted no time in taking his opportunity, getting a lovely pass to Sammut, who stepped inside former Bronco, Lewis Foster, to dart over the whitewash. Again, Sammut improved. London added a third inside 15 minutes, when, again capitalising on a scrum, clever footwork from Pitts negotiated a gap in the Rochdale line, and Walker notched up the visitors’ third. The home side added themselves to the score sheet nearing the end of the first quarter – the Hornets spread the ball wide on the right wing, and Ecclestone went over the whitewash. Yates, not a missing a kick all afternoon, added the extras. London appeared to have a momentary loss of concentration, and Foster got one back over his old teammates – easily breaking London’s line to cross. Four more tries would come before half time – a brace for Sammut, a brilliant effort from Matt Davis, a first for Massam, and a lovely Eddie Battye assist to put Bienek in. All four were converted, and London went into the sheds with a comprehensive 18-36 lead. On the resumption, the Broncos kept Rochdale scoreless for the entire 40 minutes. Williams opened London’s second half account, finding his gap on the left wing, and running 25 metres to bag his side an additional four pointer. Sammut’s kick uncharacteristically missed. Ben Evans muscled his way over from close range with 18 minutes to go, before Ackers went over from dummy half eight minutes later to further extend the visitors’ lead. Walker also bagged himself a break on 72 minutes, after a lovely effort between Pewhairangi and Harrison ended in his slipping around a defeated Rochdale defence. Speaking post-match, Henderson, though proud of side achieving the goal set for themselves in 2017, was adamant the hard work does not stop now. “Overall it was a solid performance from ourselves. With the ball we were very good and we made good metres coming out of yardage, though I was disappointed to concede 18 points in that first half. “There are still some minor improvements and tweaks to be made, but on the whole I’m very pleased. “Ultimately, we’re trying our best to get ourselves ready for what’s to come in the Super 8s Qualifiers. We’re on that path now. It’s been a really good team effort. Everybody across the board has done their job, and done it well. “We had a blip a few weeks ago, & other than that, we’ve been very, very good. And that’s everybody involved this team and this squad.” The Broncos end the regular season at home this Sunday, taking on Batley Bulldogs at Trailfinders. Tickets can be pre-purchased online here. ROCHDALE HORNETS: 6. Declan Kay, 1. Kevin Penny, 3. Jake Eccleston, 4. Lewis Galbraith, 5. Robert Massam, 27. Lewis Foster, 7. Daniel Yates, 15. Jovilisi Taira, 9. Ben Moore, 17. Lee Mitchell, 11. Jono Smith, 25. Joshua Crowley, 20. Anthony Walker Subs: 14. Ryan Maneely, 10. Gavin Bennion, 16. Matthew Hadden, 19. Jordan Case Tries: Ecclestone (17), Foster (21), Massam (26) Goals: Yates 3/3 LONDON BRONCOS: 24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 3. Ben Hellewell, 20. Michael Channing, 1. Elliot Kear, 19. Api Pewhairangi, 6. Jarrod Sammut, 18. Ben Evans, 14. Andy Ackers, 10. Mark Ioane, 11. Daniel Harrison, 13. Jay Pitts, 24. Matt Davis Subs: 34. John Boudebza, 23. Matt Gee, 15. Eddie Battye, 31. Lewis Bienek Tries: Ackers (2, 70), Sammut (7, 24), Walker (13, 72), Davis (29), Bienek (39), Williams (48), Evans (62) Goals: Sammut 9/10 View the full article
  4. London Broncos academy programme continues its production line of emerging talent, with under 19 trio, Daniel Hindmarsh, Jacob Ogden and Rob Butler all stepping up to join the first team in 2018. 18 year old Daniel Hindmarsh, a second rower, joined the Broncos scholarship programme in 2015 from London Skolars, and after progressing through to the academy, has now signed a two year deal with the first team. Hailing from north London, the talented youngster said it is not an opportunity he will take for granted. “I’m really looking forward to it – it’s a good opportunity with good development for me as a player. “It feels good. It’s good to know that people are thinking I’m playing well, and that I deserve this opportunity. I’m going to take it with both hands and show them they made the right decision. “Pulling on a first team shirt will mean a lot. I haven’t been playing rugby league for long, but as soon as I started I fell in love with it. This is definitely for me.” Head of Youth, Rob Powell, commented: “Daniel has developed at an extremely quick rate. He was raw when he came into the scholarship – having only been playing rugby league for London Skolars for a year – and has continued to get better and better over the last three years in our programme. “He is an explosive athlete but it’s his drive and determination which have led to him getting a first team contract as an 18 year old, which is testament to him.” Rob Butler, 19, is in his third year with the Broncos. The front rower began his rugby career with Medway Dragons, before joining London’s academy programme in 2015, and said he’s thrilled to be joining the first team on a one year deal. “I’m really excited to be joining the first team next year. It’s an opportunity I have worked long and hard for at a club I’m proud to represent, and to have it pay off, is a brilliant feeling. “It’s even better to be doing it with two of my mates – I know all of three of us are really looking forward to pre-season in November and ripping in with the boys.” “I’m pleased for Rob,” Powell added of Butler’s signing. “He didn’t go through the scholarship programme, and has had to work really hard to get to this level. Having come through the community ranks at Medway Dragons, he was identified as a 16 year old already playing men’s rugby. “He has a great attitude and work ethic, which is reflected in his game, and I look forward to seeing him develop.” 19 year old Jacob Ogden, a centre, has only been in the Broncos programme for 18 months. Starting out with Midlands Regional Academy, Ogden, who currently works in the Community Broncos department, joins the first team in 2018 also on a one year contract. “Jacob settled well into our academy, having come down from the Midlands programme, and has worked really hard for this – initially travelling a long distance for training on a regular basis,” said Powell. “His focus has been key in him obtaining this first team contract following a good year in the under 19s – proving to be a really strong ball carrier and developing in all aspects of the game.” Ogden shared his teammates’ enthusiasm, saying he was looking forward to sharing the experience with his mates. “I can’t wait for pre-season in November. I started half way through 2016 in second year academy, and played some good games and impressed the coaches. “It definitely makes it easier coming up with Hindy and Rob – you’ve got someone there going through the same thing as you. “It’s not just you feeling all the emotions – there are two other guys with you as well. “I’d really to thank all my coaches, my assistant coaches, the club and my teammates. Hopefully I can bring good rugby and put a smile on people’s faces.” Academy head coach Jamie Langley, was happy to see the efforts of the boys rewarded: “I am very pleased for the three boys. They have each shown the right commitment, purpose and intensity needed to make the step up to the first team. “They still have a long way to go on the journey that they are on, but if they keep working as hard as they have, who knows where it might take them.” First team head coach, Andrew Henderson, echoed Langley’s sentiments. “It’s fantastic to be bringing up three more quality academy players to our first team squad. “It’s a testament to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of identifying and developing these players, and indeed the incredibly hard work the players themselves put in to achieve their goals. “All three young lads represent what this club stands for, and I’m really looking forward to watching how they further develop with the Broncos.” View the full article
  5. Andrew Henderson has named his 19 man squad to make the trip to Rochdale this Sunday, for the penultimate round of the Kingstone Press Championship in 2017. “We’re pleased to have secured a top four finish last week, but we’re well aware that to achieve our goal of a top two spot, our remaining two Championship games and the four points on offer are crucial,” said the London boss. “That obviously starts on Sunday with Rochdale. It has been a mixed season for Alan Kilshaw’s men, but they are certainly capable of upsetting sides on their day. “We both come into the game on the back of good prior wins – it should be an exciting 80 minutes, and I’m confident your London Broncos will put in a performance you can be proud of.” London Broncos v Rochdale Hornets, Sunday 16 July, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm: 14 Andy Ackers 15 Eddie Battye 31 Lewis Bienek 34 John Boudebza 20 Michael Channing 22 Matt Davis 18 Ben Evans 23 Matt Gee 11 Daniel Harrison 3 Ben Hellewell 10 Mark Ioane 1 Elliot Kear 35 Jacob Ogden 19 Api Pewhairangi 13 Jay Pitts 16 Junior Roqica 6 Jarrod Sammut 24 Alex Walker 2 Rhys Williams View the full article
  6. Jamie Langley’s named his academy side to face Widnes Vikings on Saturday, hoping to back up an incredible last result against Leeds Rhinos. Defeating the Super League side 36-18, Langley is hopeful his young side can produce another Super League scalp, but says that winning is not the be all and end all for the club. “With only five games remaining this season, our focus as a team has been to continue competing hard every week,” he commented. “Last weekend the young lads produced a fantastic result against Leeds Rhinos, which is obviously very pleasing, but winning isn’t our sole focus as a team. “So long as we can come off that field and say that we’ve improved on our previous performance and done ourselves and our club proud, that’s all we ask for. “Widnes should be another good challenge, and one we’re all looking forward to.” London Broncos U19s v Widnes Vikings U19s, Saturday 15 July, Select Security Stadium, 2pm: Ryan Couch Gideon Boafo Jacob Ogden William Blakemore Alfie Edwards Matthew Davies James Meadows Khush Akhtar Sam Davis Robert Butler John Sipawa Daniel Hindmarsh Rhys Joel Owen Jones Max Savage Maleek Montgomery Christian Gale David Adekeye Daniel Harding View the full article
  7. Since Rhys Williams arrived at the London Broncos in 2015, he has been ever-present in the side. Not having missed a single game since his debut, Rhys is now the highest capped player in the squad, something he is incredibly proud of. The Welsh winger has also just signed a new two year deal, which will mean, in 2019, that he has been a London Bronco for five years. You recently re-signed here for another two seasons. What was the catalyst behind the decision? Basically, I’m happy here. I had a good season last year and have enjoyed this one too, but as long as I was happy, the decision was easy. The environment is right and the boys around me are all good players and good friends too, so staying in London is the best move for my career right now. Where do you see the club this season? Well, it’s a bit of a different squad from last year. I think we played a little more of an expansive game, and this season we have had to adapt a little bit from the way we started. To be honest, I think we can play both styles of rugby and it’s all about finding the balance. We are now in the same position as last year, and we should be in good stead come the Super 8s. I think we can, and have learned a lot from last year, but we still have more to learn and a bit further to go in the journey. The best thing about the squad is that we are hungry. Hungry for success, hungry for more, and most importantly hungry to learn. We had a great run of ten wins, which unfortunately ended against Hull. Did the defeat make the boys realise how big the difference is between Championship and Super League? No, I’d say, as we know the difference from playing Hull and other Super League teams last year, so we know what we have to do to beat them. The fact of the matter, is we didn’t do it against Hull KR. The way we have been playing over the last ten or eleven weeks and the way we had to adapt our style of play to compete and build pressure and put in the kicks since the early part of the season wasn’t there last week. We didn’t play to the best of our ability, or to the game plan. We are more than capable of beating Hull and other Super League teams, we just have to go out there and perform, and we didn’t. We had a large change of personnel in the off season – did that upset the balance of the team early on? It’s hard to say really. When a large group of players come in it takes time to adjust. We were lucky to a degree, as we had a few players come in that we already knew. Jarrod Sammut, for example, some of us knew from before. Other players had played here before, like Kieran Dixon and Michael Channing. We understand that looking from the outside in it would be a seamless transition, but that is not always the case. These guys had a new head coach and had to adapt to what he wanted, and taking it onto the field isn’t always easy at first. Over Easter we had a real reality check – we had to sit down and say this is how it’s going to be done, this how we play here and from that point on you’ve seen the run we went on, and the squad have now started to gel as a whole. Outside of rugby league, living in London, what do you like to do? My brother doesn’t live too far away as he is only in Welwyn Garden City and my sister was living close too when I signed, and they were a big reason that I did sign to be closer to them. I like to relax really. I go out and see different parts of the city now and again when I’ve got time and energy. I like to hang out with friends. A meal out every once in a while. The World Cup is later this year in Australia. Have you had the call yet? No, I haven’t had it just yet! We are all in a preliminary group chat with the potential squad kind of thing. Obviously, I want to be there having played for Wales for ten years now. It’s something I am very proud to do, and not something I expected when I started my career. We have got to right some wrongs from the last World Cup, as looking back I watched highlights of our game against the USA, with Mark Offerdahl, and I couldn’t remember a thing about it. I think it was such a bad experience as a whole and a hugely frustrating time. Wales had played so well in the tournaments before with two European Cups, the Four Nations, that we had had high hopes and to end the way it did was devastating. Since then John Kear has been great, and to qualify the way we did against a strong Italian side shows how far we have come. I’m excited again to play for Wales. I cannot wait. Does it help John Kear having as many Welsh players here together as he does? Yes, I think it does. Three of us are outside backs so it’s going to help in a major way. A few of us have been in the national side for a few years too. We all know each other extremely well and it makes it easier for someone to come in who maybe hasn’t featured as much in the past. Elliot Kear and I have played together for a while, and you have Ben Evans and Michael Channing too all playing well so hopefully we can carry our team form through to Australia later in the year. What does it mean to pull on the Broncos jersey every week? It means a lot to me. Hopefully I have proved that by not missing a game since I arrived here. I am very proud of that record too. I played for Warrington once every four or five weeks then I would be out on loan but here I have been able to play steadily for nearly two years now. I am immensely proud to be able to say I play for London every week with friends who feel the same way as I do. What would you like to say to the fans? Please keep chirpin’ up! It’s great to see the loud and proud crowd turning up every week, and they should know we are as proud of them as they are of us. View the full article
  8. Jamie Langley’s London Broncos academy side picked up another valuable home win on Sunday, taking the scalp of Leeds Rhinos at Trailfinders Sports Club. Though injuries were plaguing the London side, they were on top from the start, and never really looked back. London were eighteen points to nil up with only ten minutes gone on the clock, after tries from Matt Davies (1 min), Caley Grey (7 Mins) and Max Savage(10 mins). Rhys Joel nailed the first, before the leaving the field for a concussion check, and Ryan Couch took over the kicking duties, converting four kicks out of five in the game. The visitors rallied towards the end of the first half and responded with tries from Harry Newman (29 mins) and Alex Sutcliffe (31 mins). Both tries were successfully converted by scrumhalf, Thomas Schofield, and the teams left the field at halftime with London eighteen points to twelve up. The only blot on the landscape for London was the yellow card shown to Rob Butler on twenty two minutes. The second half went back and forth until in the fifty third minute Rob Butler, now back on the field, stormed over to extend the London lead. Further tries from James Meadows (56 mins) and John Sipawa (63 min) saw London almost out of reach of the tiring Leeds side. The visitors did manage a seventy third minute consolation try with Schofield again converting, but at the final hooter a jubilant Broncos side pulled off a magnificent 36 – 18 victory. Head coach, Jamie Langley, was thrilled with his side’s progression:”It was pleasing. It’s always pleasing when you get a win, but that wasn’t our sole focus going into the game. “The focus is always; can we improve on the previous outing? Can we deliver in a way better than before? Can we learn from the mistakes in the previous game? “The answer this week was a definite yes, as we improved from the Hull game and the Wigan victory before that. The lads are improving which is hugely pleasing, and to get the two points off of the back a performance like that – well it’s a lift for the whole club.” The Broncos academy now sits tenth in the academy league – one point behind Huddersfield Giants, with a game in hand on their Super League rivals, and four games left to play in the season. The academy’s next home game is on Sunday 23 July against Newcastle Thunder, curtain raiser to the first team’s last regular season game against Batley Bulldogs. Tickets can be purchased online here. View the full article
  9. Ben Hellewell bagged himself four tries and London secured a top four spot ahead of the Qualifiers, as the Broncos breezed past Sheffield Eagles at Trailfinders Sports Club on Sunday afternoon. Matt Davis nabbed man of the match in his return from injury, and French international, John Boudebza, made his London debut, in a comprehensive 52-16 victory for the side from the capital. The Eagles looked as though they could be the first to cross on five minutes, but Flynn coughed up both the ball and the opportunity on the last tackle. The sides exchanged sets, before Spedding gifted the Broncos a chance, knocking out just out from the London line. The Broncos capitalised, and Sammut danced his way around two would be defenders to crash over. The skipper doubled the score when he broke away on 14 minutes to dot down under the uprights, and Sammut duly converted. Again, sloppy play from the Eagles resulted in a London scrum, and Hellewell, not one to waste an opportunity, bagged his side another four points on 20 minutes. Walker almost secured the home side’s fourth inside 23 minutes, but the referee pulled play back for a forward pass. The Eagles pulled one back nearing the half hour mark, as Menzie Yere got the visitors on the scoreboard. Owen was off target with the kick. A lengthy break in play followed, as Spedding was looked at and subsequently stretchered off for a neck complaint. A try a piece followed before the break – Fozard got the ball to James, who doubled the Eagles’ score, and a nimble Pewhairangi weaved his way over with three minutes to go. It took just six minutes on the resumption for Hellewell to help himself to his brace, capitalising on the back of a lovely team attacking effort. Sammut’s success with the boot continued. Marginet broke away on 54 minutes, racing half the length of the field to notch up the Eagles’ third. The visitors wouldn’t score again, but London were yet to add a second from Pewhairangi, two more from Hellewell, and an Ackers try before the conclusion of the round 22 game. Speaking post-match, London boss, Andrew Henderson, conceded that though his side might not have been at their usual best, there were many positives to take from the game. “It was a scrappy game, and I don’t feel both teams were at the their best today, but we did a lot of good things. We executed some really nice play, and we really caused Sheffield some problems. There were lots of encouraging signs. “We’ve secured a top four spot, and we’re still on track to secure top two. We achieved what we set out to today. “We’ve been so good for so many weeks, and yes, we’ve had a slight drop off these last few weeks, so it it’s about building it back up before the 8s. “I know we’ve got a team here that is capable of causing some surprises in this next stage of the competition, and I’m looking forward to that.” LONDON BRONCOS: 24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 3. Ben Hellewell, 20. Michael Channing, 1. Elliot Kear, 19. Api Pewhairangi, 6. Jarrod Sammut, 18. Ben Evans, 14. Andy Ackers, 31. Lewis Bienek, 11. Daniel Harrison, 13. Jay Pitts, 22. Matt Davis Subs: 34. John Boudebza, 23. Matt Gee, 16. Junior Roqica, 15. Eddie Battye Tries: Sammut (10), Harrison (14), Hellewell (20, 46, 61, 77), Pewhairangi (36, 57), Ackers (71) Goals: Sammut 8/9 SHEFFIELD EAGLES: 1. Jack Owens, 18. Ryan Millar, 3. Menzie Yere, 23. Jake Spedding, 5. Ben Blackmore, 9. Matthew Fozard, 27. Remy Marginet, 8. Scott Wheeldon, 14. Gregory Burns, 29. Gregory Richards, 11. Matthew James, 24. Patrick Flynn, 19. William Hope Subs: 22. Liam Johnson, 25. George Milton, 16. Sam Scott, 10. Mark Mexico Tries: Fozard (27), James (34), Marginet (54) Goals: Owen 2/3 View the full article
  10. Jamie Langley’s named his under 19s to open the London double header on Sunday, taking on Leeds Rhinos at Trailfinders Sports Club. “Facing Leeds Rhinos is another big battle for us – they’re a quality Super League side, but we have proved we can compete with the best,” Langley commented. “We’ve had some good results behind us this season, and when we set our minds to it, we are capable of beating the best. “It’s a tough ask, but a challenge our young lads are certainly up for.” London Broncos U19s v Leeds Rhinos U19s, Sunday 9 July, Trailfinders Sports Club, 12pm: Ryan Couch Gideon Boafo Jacob Ogden William Blakemore Alfie Edwards Matthew Davies James Meadows Caley Grey Sam Davis Robert Butler John Sipawa Daniel Hindmarsh Rhys Joel Max Savage Khush Akhtar Maleek Montgomery Christian Gale David Adekeye Tickets for Sunday’s game can be pre-purchased online here. View the full article
  11. Andrew Henderson’s side face Sheffield Eagles this weekend, hoping to atone for last weekend’s disappointing result against league winners, Hull KR, and to cement a top four spot ahead of the Super 8s. “Sheffield have had an indifferent season, but considering they only managed to put a team together a few weeks before the season, it is a credit to Mark Aston and his players that they have competed well at times this year,” said the London boss. “They suffered some disappointing results recently, but produced a strong performance and victory over Swinton last weekend, so will come to us on Sunday with some confidence. “The team knows it’s we are win from securing a top four spot, and three wins from securing top two. The playing group is determined to achieve its goals for this season, so I’m looking forward to the team producing a strong and committed performance. “It should be an exciting game, and certainly a big few weeks ahead.” London Broncos v Sheffield Eagles, Sunday 9 July, Trailfinders Sports Club, 3pm: 14. Andy Ackers 15. Eddie Battye 31. Lewis Bienek 34. John Boudebza 20. Michael Channing 22. Matt Davis 18. Ben Evans 23. Matt Gee 11. Daniel Harrison 3. Ben Hellewell 1. Elliot Kear 17. Mark Offerdahl 19. Api Pewhairangi 13. Jay Pitts 27. Ben Pointer 16. Junior Roqica 6. Jarrod Sammut 24. Alex Walker 2. Rhys Williams Tickets to Sunday’s game can be pre-purchased online here. Match Day Sponsor: Bartercard Match Ball Sponsor: Cook the Books View the full article
  12. London Broncos nominated for Sports Club of the Year The Club has been nominated for the award in the Ealing Council managed, Ealing Sports Awards, based on the incredible work of the Community Broncos team. The inaugural Ealing Sports Awards, sponsored by Everyone Active, were voted for by the public over the last four months, and the club is pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. John Keyes, Community manager said: “Community Broncos are honoured to have been shortlisted in these awards. I must pay tribute to the delivery team, who have really bought in to our philosophy and delivery models. “Our target is to deliver, and I am proud of our achievements over the past year.” The award will be presented to the winner of this category at the ceremony, which takes place on July 13th 2017 at William Perkin C of E School. The Community Broncos programmes continue to flourish throughout the London Borough of Ealing with such initiatives as weekly mentoring, Try Reading, the award winning Be at School on Time, and of course Rugby League sessions. The Change 4 Life programme, in conjunction, with the local SSP has proved to be a huge success, and the Mosaic Project, in unison with the Princes Trust, being carried out in local schools, has been especially well received. For more information please contact the club at London Broncos Rugby League on:- john.keyes@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  13. London Broncos Rugby League is pleased to announce the signing of 27 year old French hooker, John Boudebza, for the remainder of the season. Boudebza signed for Elite 1 French side, Lezignan, on leaving Hull KR at the end of 2016 when the club were relegated to the Championship, and now joins the Broncos until the end of the current 2017 season. With 27 appearances spanning two seasons with the Robins – including playing a part in their run to the Challenge Cup final in 2016 – he has also played alongside current Broncos player, William Barthau, in the French international side. The decision to move to London was an easy one to make, says Boudebza. “It was a great opportunity for me,” he said “London is a great club, with great players and staff. “They want to be in Super League, and I wanted to be a part of that challenge. “The Championship is a tough competition, but I think Hull KR and London are ready for the step up. I think London could make it back to the highest level, and I want to be a part of that going in to the Middle 8s, and after that – who knows. “I hope I can bring some more Super League experience to the squad, and help the team achieve our goal. My ambitions here are to play as soon as I can, and as well as I can. Hopefully I can bring some excitement and energy at this point in the season.” London boss, Andrew Henderson, felt that he needed some additional cover after losing James Cunningham and Will Barthau to injury, as well as some additional Super League experience heading into the Qualifiers. “John’s an established player, and he’ll bring some value to the team – he’s a French international and he’s spent a couple of seasons in Super League recently, so he knows that level of football. “He’s an exciting talent – he’ll give you some zip around the dummy half area, and he’s a threat in attack. Defensively, he can handle himself in the middle as well. “He’s a welcome and quality addition, and I think he’ll help take this group forward.” View the full article
  14. It was a tough day at the office for the London Broncos, whose 10 game winning streak ended at the hands of Championship winners, Hull KR at KCOM Craven Park. The home side ran in seven tries, in a game that never looked out of their control, and they started as they intended to go on – Jamie Ellis found Kieren Moss, who darted around Elliot Kear to go over on two minutes. Ellis’ kick went wide, but he wouldn’t miss another kick for the remainder of the afternoon. London tried desperately to respond swiftly, but Pewhairangi’s kick for the line was too strong, and went dead. Man of the match, Kieren Moss got a brilliant offload to Heffernan, who looked set to break away, but a huge tackle from Pewhairangi halted him in his tracks. Shortly after, Lunt got the ball to Jewitt from dummy half, and Jewitt bagged himself a four pointer. Ellis was on target with the kick. The 7,359 spectators in attendance had to wait a mere five minutes more for the cherry and whites to score – Addy sent a high bomb towards London’s line, and Heffernan out-jumped Rhys Williams to dot down. Moss added the home side’s fourth on 27 minutes, after an incredible break from Carney in only his second game – leaving London for dead on the halfway line, Carney got the ball to Moss, who drove over the whitewash for his brace. London responded five minutes later, after Hull KR were penalised for Clark interfering at play the ball. Andy Ackers managed a brilliant flick pass between his legs to the skipper, Daniel Harrison, who muscled his way over from right in front. Addy, and Ellis respectively, added another six points to the scoreboard before the break, and London went into the sheds trailing 28 points to 4. Momentum changed on the resumption, and the dominance of the home side was no longer. Error riddled and sloppy from both sides, Dockar-Clay was the first to add to the scoreboard on 50 minutes. On the back of a strong team attacking effort, he sidestepped Walker, and crashed over next to the uprights. London skipper, Harrison, bagged his brace on 66 minutes. Captalising on a Robins goal line drop out, Sammut found a gap, and got a lovely pass away to the captain, who drove over once again. Arguably the try of the game followed shortly after, when Sammut intercepted a Scruton ball on London’s 10 metre line, before racing 90 metres to score. Scruton’s chase was most certainly admirable, but not quite enough. Mulhern added another score for the cherry and whites on 77, before Matty Gee scored a consolation four pointer for the visitors with less than a minute on the clock. Sammut added the extras as the final hooter sounded, for a final score of 40-22. Post-match, London boss, Andrew Henderson said that though his side hadn’t quite hit their straps, it certainly wouldn’t be the defining moment in their season. “We learned a lot about where we are today, and we certainly missed some key personnel. We haven’t played to our full capacity these last two games, but today won’t define our season. “We couldn’t put Hull KR under any pressure in that first half. It was one way traffic. “Ultimately, today is a day for Hull KR, they’ve deservedly won the league.” Hull KR: 32. Kieren Moss; 5. Ryan Shaw, 22. Andrew Heffernan, 4. Liam Salter, 36. Justin Carney; 13. Danny Addy, 7. Jamie Ellis; 8. Nick Scruton, 9. Shaun Lunt, 37. Lee Jewitt; 11. Maurice Blair, 10. Chris Clarkson, 33. Ben Kavanagh. Subs: 21. Rob Mulhern, 17. Mitch Clark, 18. Zach Dockar-Clay, 30. Joe Cator. Tries: Moss (2, 27), Jewitt (9), Heffernan (14), Addy (37), Dockar-Clay (50), Mulhern (77) Goals: 6/7 London Broncos: 24. Alex Walker; 2. Rhys Williams, 1. Elliot Kear, 20. Michael Channing, 5. Kieran Dixon; 19. Api Pewhairangi, 6. Jarrod Sammut; 18. Ben Evans, 14. Andy Ackers, 17. Mark Offerdahl; 11. Daniel Harrison, 3. Ben Hellewell, 13. Jay Pitts. Subs: 27. Ben Pointer, 23. Matthew Gee, 16. Junior Roqica, 31. Lewis Bienek. Tries: Harrison (32, 66), Sammut (70), Gee (79) Goals: 3/4 View the full article
  15. Furthering bolstering squad numbers ahead of 2018, Ben Hellewell has signed a two year contract extension with the London Broncos. Ever present since his arrival in 2015 and a senior member of the current London Broncos squad, Hellewell has 79 appearances in London colours to his name, a number which is second only to Welsh international, Rhys Williams. The 25 year old centre/second rower can also boast international honours, having represented Scotland on 15 occasions, and scoring 5 tries – the most recent of which, came in Scotland’s historic Four Nations draw with New Zealand in 2016. Hellewell made his London debut in a 26-22 victory over Doncaster at the Hive in 2015, and has gone on to score a total of 39 tries in his 79 games. “I’m really happy to have extended my time here, I love playing for London,” said Hellewell. “Another two seasons will mean I’ve been at the Broncos for five years, and that’s something I’m really proud of. “It’s no secret that we’re a tight knit group, and I love being able to pull on a Broncos jersey with my mates every week and do what we love. “We’ve also got really big ambitions as a club – we want to return to Super League, and I’m really looking forward to being here when and if that happens.” London boss, Andrew Henderson, commended the role Hellewell has played at the club over the last three years, and says he looks forward to what is yet to come. “I’m really pleased to have secured Ben’s services for another two years,” commented Henderson. “He’s a solid and reliable player – performing week in and week out, and I feel he has improved and developed a lot, both as a player and a person, in his time with us. “This is Ben’s third season with London, and as a core member of that nucleus we’ve retained for the last few years, he has played a pivotal role in helping the Broncos establish the position we’re in now. “I’m really looking forward to being able to continue working with him, and excited to see what he brings to the team and this club over the next two seasons.” View the full article