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  1. Ex-Lion, Andy Ackers, will watch the Broncos take on his former club from the side lines this weekend, but says Swinton’s Challenge Cup scalp of Huddersfield Giants last weekend will definitely have lit a fire in their bellies. “The victory over Huddersfield Giants was huge. Huge for the game, but most of all Swinton. It shocked everyone. “That win for the Swinton boys would have put loads of confidence in them coming to the big smoke. They will try to kick on their season from that win. “I know Duffs and the lads have been doing it tough with injuries, but so have we. “We can expect a tough test, and the first 20 minutes or so will be all guns blazing. They’re definitely going to be up for it, but so are we.” The Broncos face Swinton Lions this Sunday, 30 April, 3pm at Trailfinders Sports Club. Get tickets here. View the full article
  2. Tomorrow marks six months until the start of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, and London’s utility back, Elliot Kear, will be a strong bet to feature in the squad. With 21 Welsh caps to his name, Kear debuted in 2009, when Wales took on England at Brewery Field. His most recent game was Wales’ 20-14 defeat of Italy in October, ensuring the visitors qualified for the World Cup. Where does he hope to be this October? “If I’m fit and playing well, I want to be on that plane going to Australia. “Rhys Williams and I talk about it quite a bit – it was a big thing with the Wales team last season, building a good, strong team, and building into it. “We won the European Cup, which was great, so now hopefully we can just keep a strong squad and go in to that looking to get into another quarter final – out of the group stages basically. “Playing at home in Cardiff in the World Cup was a great experience at Millennium Stadium. The results didn’t really go our way that year, but as I said, great experience, and hopefully I can be there again.” Kear attended Whitchurch High School with a Welsh rugby union captain, Sam Warburton, and a Welsh football captain, Gareth Bale – does he think we’ll see him as Welsh rugby league captain any time soon? “(Laughs) No, not really. It would be a great honour to have something like that. It’s funny, because I still don’t see myself as a senior person being 28, though some may say I might be. “I’d love to [be captain] if it was ever given to me. It would be a great honour.” View the full article
  3. BedzRus are giving supporters the chance to vote for their Kingstone Press Summer Bash half-time activity, as they continue to place fans at the centre of their gameday experience as part of their Official Digital Partnership with the weekend. Supporters who vote for their favourite half-time activity from shortlist will be in with a chance to win a brand new double divan bed set including a headboard and an exclusive mattress signed by Kingstone Press Championship stars; all for simply casting your vote. Whether you are a London Broncos fan or a Featherstone Rovers supporter, you will have the chance to vote on what half-time activity will take place at Bloomfield Road. Half-time activity 1 – Sleeping bag race We have all seen, and probably been involved, in a sack race and now you have the chance to race around the Bloomfield Road pitch in a sleeping bag! Half-time activity 2 – A bedtime dress-up race Getting dressed and making the bed is something we do every day, but how easy is it to beat an opposing fan when you have got to get dressed into a huge pair of pyjamas and then run to make the bed up! Half-time activity 3 – Giant pillow fight Two opposing fans, two giant pillows, one fight until the end; what could be more fun! If you have decided which activity you will vote for, then head over and enter your details to cast your vote and have the chance to win a money-can’t-buy rugby league prize. The voting will close at MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY 5TH MAY! View the full article
  4. Max Savage is about as immersed in the London Broncos and rugby league as you can possibly be – coming through Medway Dragons, Max now plays in the Broncos academy, works in the Broncos community department, as well as with the London Rugby League Foundation, and Sky Try. How did he originally get involved in the sport? “My older brother, Joe Keyes, played the game. “He started when he was about nine years old and we used to play together in the garden. I must have been about six and, as there were no clubs around at the time, we made do. We played rugby union for a year and then when a club started, which was Kent Ravens, we joined them and started playing league. “John Keyes was the biggest influence on Joe and I, as he was a big rugby league fan. Because of him Joe is now playing at Bradford Bulls (having previously played for the Broncos) and I’m here in the academy.” What does his work with Community Broncos/Sky Try and the London Rugby League Foundation involve? “I go to schools in the local area and work with the children. We take initiatives from the Broncos, Sky Try and the London Rugby League Foundation in to the schools and teach rugby league to get them involved with the game, and to introduce them to the sport in London. “Sky Try is a charity that was started by the London Rugby League Foundation and is sponsored by the Royal Foundation, which involves members of the Royal Family, like Prince Harry, for example. We go in to schools all over London and the South East in places like Newham, Croydon and Medway to help set up junior amateur league clubs. “That’s how I started in the game on the journey through to now being here at London Broncos. I played at a few small clubs, but then I came through Medway Dragons. “Now we try to teach primary and secondary school kids the game to promote it and maybe bring through some more in the same way that I came through the system. The issue is educating the children in the league, as when we mention rugby they automatically think of rugby union.” So how can we continue to grow the game in the south of the country? “That’s a really hard question, to be honest with you. “I don’t want to say we need more teams, but I think the more young children – or the next generation of sports fans – play the game here, the more aware of it they will become. That way they can pass it down to their children and their children’s children.” View the full article
  5. Jamie Langley’s named his side to face Leeds Rhinos this Saturday, and, after drawing with Warrington in their last outing, says his young side are improving each week. “We’re really looking forward to this week’s challenge against the Rhinos,” commented Langley. “Historically, Leeds have always had a really strong academy team and I’m sure this year won’t be any different. “After a narrow loss against Catalan and a draw against Warrington the lads are now starting to understand what it takes to be a successful team and compete at a high level. I’m really happy with the progression we are making individually and as a team, and we expect to build on that this week.” London Broncos U19s v Leeds Rhinos U19s, Saturday 22 April, Stanningley ARLFC, 12:30: Gideon Boafo Daniel Harding William Blakemore Michelangelo Buter Jacob Ogden James Meadows Matthew Davies Max Savage Sam Davis Rob Butler John Sipawa Jacob Jones Rhys Joel Maleek Montgomery Owen Jones Caley Gray Daniel Hindmarsh Khush Ahktar David Adekeye Cameron Kendall Jordan Richardson View the full article
  6. London completed an Easter double on Monday, running in a total of eight tries, and keeping the home side scoreless in the first half at Fox’s Biscuits. Only three days after a 30-16 victory over second in the league, Toulouse Olympique, the Broncos backed a strong performance up with an even stronger show – thrashing the Bulldogs 42-4. The afternoon got off to a strong start early on – brilliant on the pitch all game, a cracker of a run from Will Barthau sent Elliot Kear over on five minutes, and Api Pewhairangi added the extras. A mere four minutes later, a similar run from the flying Frenchman enabled Jay Pitts to dive over from close range. Pewhairangi missed the kick, but it still allowed London a 10-0 lead after only nine minutes of play. The defensive effort from the Broncos was nothing short of immense. After Pewhairangi kicked for touch, a huge tackle from Ioane and Davis brought James Brown down before he could reach the half way line. Possession turned over, and allowed Rhys Williams a brilliant run – he sidestepped his would-be defenders, before eventually three of Batley’s were able to stop him. It wasn’t to be, and Pearce-Paul found himself tackled into touch on the wing. The Bulldogs kicked for touch in the resulting play, but Alex Walker was on hand to field the kick nicely. A combined effort from Ioane and Harrison got London over halfway, before James Cunningham took superb advantage of a gap in Batley’s line to bag his first of the afternoon. Pewhairangi added the two from right in front. With just over 20 minutes of play until the break, the Broncos survived eight repeated sets on their line, in a show of incredibly resolute defence. Batley ran into the sheds at half time without having been allowed to score a single point. On the resumption, it took only five minutes before Matt Garside flew over the line on the right wing. Batley’s solitary response of the afternoon came four minutes later – Farrell spotted his break and took it, but Pearce-Paul and Pewhairangi (who worked brilliantly together all afternoon), stopped him in his tracks 20 metres out. Lillycrop had another crack at the line, but Ioane put a swift end to his attempt. The ball was sent out wide to Day, and he barged his way over from close range. The visitors cruised to an easy but much deserved victory in the remaining half hour – Cunningham bagged his double, and London academy products, Walker, Bienek and Pearce-Paul added three more scores. Pewhairangi converted two from three, and London secured a 42-4 victory. BATLEY BULLDOGS: 1. Dave Scott, 25. Michael Hayward, 3. Sam Smeaton, 19. Alex Bretherton, 4. Macauley Hallett, 13. Patch Walker, 7. Dom Brambani, 8. Adam Gledhill, 9. Alistair Leak, 10. Alex Rowe, 11. Brad Day, 12. Joel Farrell, 22. Dane Manning Subs: 16. Tom Lillycrop, 18. James Harrison, 21. James Brown, 28. Tom Holmes Tries: Day (49). Goals: Walker 0/1. LONDON BRONCOS: 24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 3. Ben Hellewell, 1. Elliot Kear, 29. Kameron Pearce-Paul, 19. Api Pewhairangi, 7. Will Barthau, 18. Ben Evans. 9. James Cunningham, 10. Mark Ioane, 11. Daniel Harrison, 13. Jay Pitts, 23. Matt Davis. Subs: 12. Matt Garside, 33. Lewis Foster, 17. Mark Offerdahl, 31. Lewis Bienek. Tries: Kear (5), Pitts (9), Cunningham (17, 73), Garside (45), Walker (60), Bienek (77), Pearce-Paul (79). Goals: Pewhairangi 5/7. View the full article
  7. After an incredible result over Toulouse Olympique yesterday, Andrew Henderson’s side must now challenge themselves with a short around, and a trip to West Yorkshire to face Batley Bulldogs on Monday. “Yesterday was a comprehensive team performance all around,” commented Henderson. “I thought we saw a determined group of players out there, who really played for one another. They were controlled and disciplined in how they went about their business and really earned that result. “We showed true will and want and hunger as a team. Every player contributed and did their job well for the team. I thought that overall it was a very, very good team performance from the London Broncos. “The challenge now is the short turnaround and to back up this performance. We travel to West Yorkshire on Monday morning, and I’m confident that the attitude will be right and the team will be determined to bring home the two points.” London Broncos v Batley Bulldogs, Monday 17 April, Tetley’s Stadium, 3pm: 7. William Barthau 31. Lewis Bienek 9. James Cunningham 22. Matt Davis 19. Ben Evans 33. Lewis Foster 12. Matt Garside 23. Matt Gee 11. Daniel Harrison 3. Ben Hellewell 10. Mark Ioane 1. Elliot Kear 17. Mark Offerdahl 29. Kam Pearce-Paul 19. Api Pewhairangi 13. Jay Pitts 6. Jarrod Sammut 24. Alex Walker 2. Rhys Williams View the full article
  8. London Broncos ended their run of two straight defeats with a dominating victory over Toulouse Olympique, running in five tries, for a final score of 30-16. An entertaining and well played game was scoreless for almost half an hour, but it was not for the want of effort. Both teams failed to convert chances in the opening 10 minutes. London was first to try to get over, but ended up a couple of metres short. Then it was Toulouse’s turn, but the London defence held firm. For the next 15 minutes the game was an arm-wrestle, both teams probing and pressing for an opening, but defences dominated. After 23 minutes, Bastian Canet should have given Olympique the lead, but he lost over the line the ball as he stretched to ground it. Four minutes later London had the lead. It seemed as if the play was going nowhere, but Will Barthau lulled the Olympique defence into a false sense of security. His stuttering run dragged tacklers out of the line, so his short pass to Jay Pitts left him one-on-one. Pitts handed off his marker as he cut inside and dived into the in-goal area. And the lead was double from London’s next possession. After making good yards running the ball downfield it came to the last tackle and Barthau grubbered into space. Mark Kheirallah came across to cover, but the normally safe-handling full-back could not gather the bouncing ball. Barthau, following up, gathered up the ball before touching down. The 12-point lead lasted barely two minutes as Stanislas Robin – like Barthau for London’s opening score – teased the Broncos line before sending a pass to Gavin Marguerite who went over in the corner. Kheirallah could not improve the score, but he was less tested, just before the hooter, when another great piece of work from Robin put him in the clear. His pass has an air of desperation and bounced into space. Two players collided as they chased the bouncing ball – it seemed to accidental contact with two men looking at the ball not where they were running – and it was left to former London Skolar Mourad Kriouache to take the ball between the uprights. London were shocked at the turn of events and they were grateful to hear the half-time hooter as Toulouse got to within 20 metres of the Broncos line. It took only 30 seconds of the second half for Toulouse to take the lead. Sebastian Canas made the initial break and the impressive Kheirallah was on hand to take his pass and stride over from 50 metres out. It was the sort of setback that would force a team searching for confidence to crumble and Broncos fans must have been fearing the worst. However, last season, London, when they needed a score, often looked to Rhys Williams for delivery and, on this occasion, they went back to the tried and trusted formula. It worked perfectly here. In the 47th minute, the Broncos moved the ball swiftly along the line to the left and with Alex Walker, chiming into the line, he created an overlap which Williams exploited to touch down. Api Pewhairangi’s conversion from the touchline restored London’s lead and they never looked back. Six minutes later, another Barthau grubber brought a big reward. Toulouse’s defence had been sucked infield and there was no one to deal with danger. The bounce favoured Williams who was able to touch down just before the ball hit the sideline. Now it was the turn of Toulouse to panic and their reaction was not as good. Within a couple of minutes of the resumption, Barthau broke through the line but was stopped by an illegal high tackle 15 metres from the try-line. London might have tried to run the ball for another try but, instead, Pewhairangi kicked the goal. He finished with five goals from six attempts. Toulouse tried desperately to get back into the game, but they found the Broncos defence in resolute mood. The best example of this was Dan Harrison’s brilliant strip tackle to deny Gregory White as he streaked for the line. Johnathon Ford also came close but he not only failed to get over the line, he picked up a cut to his head for his troubles. And London made the game safe with six minutes to go when Pewhairangi bamboozled the Olympique defence and he sent Matt Davis over beside the posts. London coach Andrew Henderson said, “What we saw today was a really strong team performance. I am delighted with the reaction of the players. “When we went behind early in the second half, where we have been in the last couple of games, we might have folded. Instead we got a great reaction from every player. “I want to single out Alex Walker today for special praise. He was outstanding in both attack and defence. Also our pivot players, Api Pewhairangi and Will Barthau and the hookers, James Cunningham and Lewis Foster were superb.” LONDON BRONCOS: 24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 3. Ben Hellewell, 1. Elliot Kear, 29. Kam Pearce-Paul, 7. William Barthau, 19. Api Pewhairangi, 10. Mark Ioane, 9. James Cunningham, 18. Ben Evans, 11. Daniel Harrison, 13. Jay Pitts, 22. Matt Davis SUBS: 12. Matt Garside, 17. Mark Offerdahl, 31. Lewis Bienek,33. Lewis Foster Tries: Pitts (26), Barthau (30), Williams (47, 53), Davis (74). Goals: Pewhairangi 5/6. TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE XIII: 1. Mark Kheirallah, 20. Paul Marcon, 21. Gavin Marguerite, 4. Greg White, 2. Tony Maurel, 6. Johnathon Ford, 7. Stanislas Robin, 8. Clément Boyer, 24. Anthony Marion, 10. Bastien Canet, 11. Sébastien Planas, 12. Rhys Curran, 13. Andrew Bentley SUBS: 14. Mourad Kriouache, 16. Tyla Hepi, 17. Leha Kalausa Jnr, 26. Constantine Mika Tries: Marguerite (33), Kriouache (38), Kheirallah (41). Goals: Kheirallah 2/3. View the full article
  9. London Broncos Rugby League is pleased to announce a partnership with Youth Energy, who will become Official Energy Drink supplier for the remainder of the season. Started by Jason and Amanda Freeman, Youth Energy is a new 100% natural energy drink that is all about youthful living. Youth Energy drink was started with the yerba mate plant – not only for its anti-ageing properties and the fact that it has every nutrient known to sustain life – but because it generates the same feelings of euphoria that you get with chocolate – and who doesn’t want that! Adding in ginkgo leaves and ginseng for an all-round energy kick, artichoke also made the cut – not just because it offers immune support, but also for its calming effects on anxiety, helping to calm any jitters. The all natural drink took 18 months to develop, and, simply by using natural sugar from fruits, a 250ml can boasts the same amount of calories as half a banana. Mike Eccles, London’s Head of Performance, said the partnership made perfect sense. “As a professional rugby league team, we ideally want our players to be consuming as many natural things as possible. “Given the high levels of stress prevalent in professional sport, as well as the energy output required as an athlete, Youth Energy offers the ideal package in an energy drink.” Jason Freeman C.E.O, of Youth Energy commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity and honour for our company to be associated with such an amazing club like the London Broncos, and we look forward to hopefully having a long successful partnership with this great club.” Lee Bateman, National Sales Manager, added: “It’s been a real pleasure working with the management team at the club to get this partnership across the line, now I look forward to watching the players benefit from our great product on the field.” View the full article
  10. London Broncos Rugby League is pleased to announce a partnership with Youth Energy, who will become Official Energy Drink supplier for the remainder of the season. Started by Jason and Amanda Freeman, Youth Energy is a new 100% natural energy drink that is all about youthful living. Youth Energy drink was started with the yerba mate plant – not only for its anti-ageing properties and the fact that it has every nutrient known to sustain life – but because it generates the same feelings of euphoria that you get with chocolate – and who doesn’t want that! Adding in ginkgo leaves and ginseng for an all-round energy kick, artichoke also made the cut – not just because it offers immune support, but also for its calming effects on anxiety, helping to calm any jitters. The all natural drink took 18 months to develop, and, simply by using natural sugar from fruits, a 250ml can boasts the same amount of calories as half a banana. Mike Eccles, London’s Head of Performance, said the partnership made perfect sense. “As a professional rugby league team, we ideally want our players to be consuming as many natural things as possible. “Given the high levels of stress prevalent in professional sport, as well as the energy output required as an athlete, Youth Energy offers the ideal package in an energy drink.” Jason Freeman C.E.O, of Youth Energy commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity and honour for our company to be associated with such an amazing club like the London Broncos, and we look forward to hopefully having a long successful partnership with this great club.” Lee Bateman, National Sales Manager, added: “It’s been a real pleasure working with the management team at the club to get this partnership across the line, now I look forward to watching the players benefit from our great product on the field.” View the full article
  11. Huw Goodwin has named his scholarship side for London’s Good Friday triple header, taking on Huddersfield Giants at 2:15. With some good results under their belts in 2017, Goodwin says his young team is continually learning and evolving as a side, and relishes each challenge presented to them. “We thought the boys responded in the right way and competed well against Hull. “What they will have learnt from that experience is that they need to compete for the full match and not in patches. That’s our challenge for this weekend – to extend those good patches of play so that they produce a more consistent performance.” London Broncos U16s v Huddersfield Giants U16s, Friday 14 April, 2:15, Trailfinders Sports Club: Dan Anderson Sean Belbin Joe Bennett Junior Bray Luke Bush Oliver Chennell Owen Dew Olly Frostick Rory Gray Adam Green Ryan Horsman Isaac Jackson Seth Jackson Joe Leigh Oliver Leyland Darren Locke Isaak Nathan Abel Paintsil Kai Pearce Paul Luca Valentini View the full article
  12. Huw Goodwin has named his scholarship side for London’s Good Friday triple header, taking on Huddersfield Giants at 2:15. With some good results under their belts in 2017, Goodwin says his young team is continually learning and evolving as a side, and relishes each challenge presented to them. “We thought the boys responded in the right way and competed well against Hull. “What they will have learnt from that experience is that they need to compete for the full match and not in patches. That’s our challenge for this weekend – to extend those good patches of play so that they produce a more consistent performance.” London Broncos U16s v Huddersfield Giants U16s, Friday 14 April, 2:15, Trailfinders Sports Club: Dan Anderson Sean Belbin Joe Bennett Junior Bray Luke Bush Oliver Chennell Owen Dew Olly Frostick Rory Gray Adam Green Ryan Horsman Isaac Jackson Seth Jackson Joe Leigh Oliver Leyland Darren Locke Isaak Nathan Abel Paintsil Kai Pearce Paul Luca Valentini View the full article
  13. Jamie Langley’s named his under 19s squad to face Warrington Wolves at home this Good Friday. “It’s a huge day for the club – a triple header, and each of our teams will face tough opposition,” said Langley. “Our young blokes are really looking forward to it. They’ve had a few good results now, and they’re gaining momentum. “They’ve remembered how great it feels to come away with the two points, and they’re eager to push forward. Warrington are a great side, and it should be an exciting game.” London Broncos U19s v Warrington Wolves U19s, Friday 14 April, Trailfinders Sports Club, 3:30pm: Gideon Boafo Daniel Harding William Blakemore Michelangelo Buter Jacob Ogden James Meadows Matthew Davies Jacob Jones Sam Davis Rob Butler John Sipawa Daniel Hindmarsh Rhys Joel Maleek Montgomery Owen Jones Caley Gray Max Savage Lewis Bienek David Adekeye Cameron Kendall Jordan Richardson Khush Ahktar View the full article
  14. Andrew Henderson has named his 19 man squad ahead of Friday’s clash with Toulouse Olympique, with five new names in the side. With a disappointing few weeks behind the Broncos, Henderson is confident in his side’s ability to turn their fortunes around. “We are aware that we are yet to perform consistently as a side, but I truly believe that we are only one good performance away from turning things around. “We need you, our supporters, to get behind us, and help push us through this, and out the other side. “It’s a great challenge for the team this week and I believe the team will give a good account of itself.” London Broncos v Toulouse Olympique, Friday 14 April, Trailfinders Sports Club, 12:30: 28. Sadiq Adebiyi 7. William Barthau 31. Lewis Bienek 9. James Cunningham 22. Matt Davis 19. Ben Evans 33. Lewis Foster 12. Matt Garside 11. Daniel Harrison 3. Ben Hellewell 10. Mark Ioane 1. Elliot Kear 17. Mark Offerdahl 29. Kam Pearce-Paul 19. Api Pewhairangi 13. Jay Pitts 27. Ben Pointer 24. Alex Walker 2. Rhys Williams Matt Gee was unavailable for selection due to injury. View the full article
  15. Jamie Langley’s named his under 19s squad to face Warrington Wolves at home this Good Friday. “It’s a huge day for the club – a triple header, and each of our teams will face tough opposition,” said Langley. “Our young blokes are really looking forward to it. They’ve had a few good results now, and they’re gaining momentum. “They’ve remembered how great it feels to come away with the two points, and they’re eager to push forward. Warrington are a great side, and it should be an exciting game.” London Broncos U19s v Warrington Wolves U19s, Friday 14 April, Trailfinders Sports Club, 3:30pm: Gideon Boafo Daniel Harding William Blakemore Michelangelo Buter Jacob Ogden James Meadows Matthew Davies Jacob Jones Sam Davis Rob Butler John Sipawa Daniel Hindmarsh Rhys Joel Maleek Montgomery Owen Jones Caley Gray Max Savage Lewis Bienek David Adekeye Cameron Kendall Jordan Richardson Khush Ahktar View the full article