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  1. Midlander, Matt Davis, is a very well respected fixture in the London line up, and now he’s turning into a force to be reckoned with. We chatted him to about his 2017 season thus far. With the regular season now complete, what would you say were the main differences between the start of the season and now? “I just think the team has really gelled together since the start of the campaign. We were, I think, playing as a group of individuals at the start but we’ve now really bonded as a group. Everyone has now bought into the vision that Hendo put to us.” You’ve had a couple of injuries this season – is it good to be back playing again? “Yes, really good. I have struggled with a couple of injuries over the past few seasons which has been frustrating. To only play about 20 games over a two year period is not want anyone wants. I’ve come in this season and feel I’ve done a good job for the boys and the team as a whole. So yes, it’s definitely good to back.” Three tries to your name this season so far. Is scoring on your mind? “It was great to get those points for the team against Toulouse and then again against Rochdale and Batley. “If I’m honest, in my first and second seasons I didn’t have as much of an attacking game in general. That was something I spoke to assistant coaches, Danny Ward and Jamie Langley, about at length so I could improve that part of my game. Now, I think that, with my strength and footwork, I have turned that around. I may have only scored three tries in about thirty games – so one in 10 – but I think as long as I can do as much as I can for the team, the points don’t really matter. If I make my tackles, make my ball carries matter, and work hard for the team then that’s what makes me happy.” What was the Matt Davis journey into Rugby League? “I had a few friends who played at my local club, Leicester Storm, so I went down to play with them. I was lucky enough to get a trial for the Midlands Academy and was accepted into the programme. “Steve Crooks was a huge mentor for me throughout my time there. He is a massive hero in Hull, playing for Hull FC and KR through the years, and he ran the programme based at Loughborough University. That was for two years and it was splitting your rugby with college study. It was full time, and we earned a wage from it too. It has produced a lot of quality players to be fair, and Broncos alone have taken in, I think, six players in three years.” What were your first impressions of London when you got here? “Obviously there was a lot more going on in a big city like this in comparison to where I’m from. I’m from a farming background, so coming to London was a huge change of environment. I will admit I don’t really focus on anything outside of the game of rugby league, really. I did a couple of tourist attractions but I had been before and didn’t really take a lot of it in, to be honest.” Outside of the game, you recently got engaged. Any plans been made yet for the big day? “No, we haven’t as yet. Emily is going to be up in Leeds with her new job in law for three years now, so we won’t be making firm plans for a while I think. I think she enjoys being with a rugby league player, but you would have to ask her to get the truth! I hope she does! She comes to the games which is great, and I have only ever scored when she has been in the crowd so maybe I should encourage her to come to more!” What passions do you have outside of rugby? “Not many, really. When I was at home, my brother, Sam, and I and some other family members used to enjoy going surfing. We used to go down to Devon. I haven’t had the chance since being here as the games are in the summer, and I don’t fancy surfing through the winter. “Bodyboarding as well was something we would do. I have enjoyed some family holidays with my girlfriend’s, sorry, fiancée’s family, I haven’t really got any other hobbies. I enjoy hanging out with some of my housemates like Lewis Bienek and my brother Sam. “I haven’t got what you would call an exciting life, but I know what I like and that’s what I stick with, really. I think of myself as an older person in a younger man’s body when it comes to things outside of my real passion, which is this game.” What was the camp like when you heard we had secured that second place finish? “When we found out we had secured it we were buzzing. It’s all well and good saying that’s what we want before playing any games, but the reality is that it takes a lot to get there. “It’s so easy to slip up, like we did at the start of the season, as there are some good teams in this league are there are no guarantees. Credit to the boys for getting through that tough period before Easter, but then the run of wins kicked in and now we’re where we wanted to be. “There were a few cheers after the Rochdale and Batley games, but now the focus moves to the Qualifiers, and the next competition.” View the full article
  2. London kick off 2017 #Super8s with a trip to Catalans After securing a top two finish, and therefore four games at home and three away, the Broncos face a tough set of seven, with the lure of Super League very much on everyone’s minds. Kicking off the 2017 Super 8s campaign away, London head to Catalans’ home in Perpignan on Saturday 5 August on Sky, followed by Hull Kingston Rovers in round three, and finally, a Sunday game against Widnes Vikings in September, meaning that supporters can start planning their road trips. At home, we will face Warrington Wolves under the lights on Sky Sports, followed by Featherstone Rovers, Halifax RLFC and end, again under the Friday night lights, taking on Leigh Centurions at Trailfinders Sports Club on Friday 22 September. It promises to be a very exciting eight weeks ahead, so make a note of all the games in your diary. London Broncos 2017 #Super8s fixtures: Saturday 5 August: Catalans Dragons – 6:15pm CET, Stade Gilbert Brutus Sun 13 August: Featherstone Rovers – 3pm, TFSC Sunday 20 August: Hull KR – 3pm, KCOM Craven Park Saturday 2 September: Warrington Wolves – 8pm, TFSC Sunday 10 September: Halifax RLFC – 3pm, TFSC Sunday 17 September: Widnes Vikings – 3pm, Halton Stadium Friday 22 September: Leigh Centurions – 8pm, TFSC (All fixtures and times are subject to change.) London, the boys need your support more than ever in the next couple of months so #JoinTheStampede and get behind them. Get organised, and get your tickets early on the website – or buy a four game Super 8s package here. Season Ticket holders: all four home games are included in your ST. View the full article
  3. The London Rugby League Foundation again proved on Saturday 22 July that Junior League is thriving here in the capital. Teams from all over London and the South East converged on Trailfinders Sports Club for their end of season Grand Finals day, with children as young as seven years old taking part. From Richmond to Brentwood, Brixton to Hemel Hempstead, the children, with parents in tow, flocked to what turned out to be a festival of rugby league in the heart of West Ealing. The Primary Festival got us underway, the under 7s and under 9s playing a round robin format, while the under 11s were playing their games on the main stadium pitch. Richmond Titans, Brentwood Eels, Brixton Bulls, Surrey Sharks, Eastern Rhinos, London Skolars and Elmbridge Eagles all played their hearts out, and showed a commitment to the game that Broncos Head Coach, Andrew Henderson, would have been proud of. At this age, fair play awards are handed out in each age group and London Broncos player, Junior Roqica, gave the kids a day to remember when he handed over the silverware. Under 7 – Brixton Bulls Under 9 – Richmond Titans Under 11 – Brentwood Eels Then it was onto the afternoon’s events, which saw the under 13, under 14 and under 16 grand finals taking place on the main pitch, with, for the boys taking part, their season on the line. First up, came the under 13 final between Hemel Stags and St Albans Centurions, and after a tight game, Hemel Stags walked away with the title. The under 13 final was a great display of the junior game considering the torrential downpour which greeted them, but it was the under 14 final which stole the show – an amazing win for Elmbridge Eagles over Brentwood Eels by a solitary point, winning 17 -16. The under 16 final always promised to be a fiery affair as Invicta Panthers had beaten their opponents, Bromley Bengals, earlier in the season 42 -18. Bromley had won the return league fixture, making the final the decider in the three game series. The game could not have been much closer – Bromley finally took the match by 22-20, and the title of Under 16 Grand Final winners. Carl Horsman, London Rugby League Chairman, said: “Both the Primary Festival and the Grand Finals were a huge success, and really showed London Rugby League in a positive light. A big thanks must go to Trailfinders Sports Club and London Broncos for all their assistance throughout the day.” View the full article
  4. The London Broncos ended the regular season in sensational style on Sunday afternoon, thrashing Batley Bulldogs 58-4 in a ten try extravaganza. Elliot Kear secured himself a hat trick, and Man of the Match, Api Pewhairangi, and Rhys Williams both left the park with a brace to their names. London Bronco #615, Sam Wilde, was strong on debut, and London’s welsh contingent, Kear, Williams and Channing (all named in the initial 38 man Rugby League World Cup squad earlier in the week), scored six tries between them. Flying Welsh winger, Kear, got the home side off to a strong start, stepping inside his opposite number to speed over the line. Sammut, in true Sammut style, nailed the kick. Nearly 20 minutes lapsed before either the Broncos added another – both sides exchanging sets – London were forced to heavily defend their goal line, but repeated attempts from the visitors to barge over were firmly rejected. A powerful Brambani kick downfield gained the Bulldogs some much needed territory, however Bretherton coughed up possession mere metres from the line. The hosts capitalised on the resulting scrum; Channing broke Batley’s line, and with Bulldogs clinging to him, somehow managed to touch the ball down. Kear notched up his brace on 33 minutes – Channing made the initial break to get deep into Batley territory, before skilled footwork from his Welsh teammate got him over the whitewash. At the break, London went into the sheds with an 18-0 lead, having impressively kept the the Bulldogs scoreless. On the resumption, Batley knocked on from the re-start and London were awarded a scrum, which result in Pewhairangi crossing after only a minute of play. Sammut duly added the extras. London added another 10 points inside the next seven minutes – Kear, in typical style, sped over the line to secure his hat trick, and some clever footwork from Rhys Williams saw him dance over a mere three minutes after. Sammut added one from two. With the final half came five additional tries, the visitors managing only one. Brown’s consolation try came on 57 minutes, but wasn’t converted. Roqica, Pewhairangi, Williams and Davis, with the help of Sammut, added an extra 28 points before the final hooter sounded, recording a comprehensive 58-4 victory, and ensuring London lost only one regular league game at Trailfinders in 2017. London boss, Andrew Henderson, conceded that there were some issues from the game which would need addressing ahead of the Super 8s, but overall, was pleased with his side’s efforts. “I didn’t think we were as polished as normal with the ball in the first half. We didn’t end our sets well enough on our terms, and our completion was a little bit out. “I still thought we scored some great tries. Three tries in the first half saw us 18-0 up, which is a decent advantage. We had to absorb a lot of effort on goal line – we had to handle a lot of threats coming at us, and many waves of Batley attack. “We saw a big improvement on that in the second half. We scored some really, really good, creative tries. It was a pretty comprehensive performance from us overall. “As coaches we’re always a little bit critical and trying to find ways we can improve, but I think it was a nice way to end the season at home in the Championship.” LONDON BRONCOS: 24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 3. Ben Hellewell, 20. Michael Channing, 1. Elliot Kear, 19. Api Pewhairangi, 6. Jarrod Sammut, 8. Tom Spencer. 14. Andy Ackers, 16. Junior Roqica, 11. Daniel Harrison, 13. Jay Pitts, 22. Matt Davis Interchange: 34. John Boudebza, 36. Sam Wilde, 10. Mark Ioane, 15. Eddie Battye Tries: Kear (4, 33, 45), Channing (22), Pewhairangi (41, 66), Williams (48, 70), Roqica (53), Davis (75) Goals: Sammut 9/10 BATLEY BULLDOGS: 1. David Scott, 2. Wayne Reittie, 15. Daniel Cowling, 30. Jason Crookes, 5. Shaun Ainscough, 6. Cain Southerwood, 7. Dominic Brambani, 10. Alex Rowe, 9. Alistair Leak, 21. James Brown, 19. Alex Bretherton, 12. Joel Farrell, 13. Patrick Walker Interchange: 14. James Davey, 17. Joseph Chandler, 18. James Harrison, 23, Bradley Hill Tries: Brown (57) Goals: Southerwood 0/1 Attendance: 879 Referee: N. Bennett View the full article
  5. Jamie Langley has named his academy side to face Newcastle Thunder this Sunday, kicking off the London triple header at TFSC. “As the end of our season draws ever closer, the young lads are working harder, determined to finish what has been a strong season for us on a high note,” commented Langley. “We’ve had some brilliant results this year, and then some which have been harder to swallow. As I’ve said before, winning is not the be all and end all for us – if you can come off the pitch and say you gave maximum effort, and you were better than last week, then we’ve had a successful day. “Our game against Newcastle earlier in the year was a great comeback victory from the lads, and shows the resilience this team is capable of when we put our minds to it. “We’re looking forward to another exciting game today, and a great day for the whole club.” London Broncos U19s v Newcastle Thunder U19s, Sunday 23 July, Trailfinders Sports Club, 3pm: Ryan Couch Gideon Boafo Jacob Ogden John Sipawa David Adekeye Matthew Davies James Meadows Khush Akhtar Sam Davis Lewis Bienek Robert Butler Daniel Hindmarsh Rhys Joel Oowen Jones Max Savage Maleek Montgomery Christian Gale View the full article
  6. Andrew Henderson has named his squad for the final regular season home game of 2017, and says that though top two might have already been secured, preparation for the clash with Batley doesn’t change. “We may have already secured our goal of a top two spot in the Championship, but that doesn’t change anything about today’s game, in our eyes. “Taking home the two points would ensure we have lost only once at home this regular season, and builds ideal momentum heading into the Qualifiers. “Matt Diskin’s men have certainly turned a corner in the second half of this season, and travel to us on the back of some very good results. With that, comes confidence, but I have faith in the determination and desire of your London Broncos wanting to end this regular season on a high. “It should be another exciting game of rugby league.” London Broncos v Batley Bulldogs, Trailfinders Sports Club, Sunday 23 July, 3pm: 14. Andy Ackers 15. Eddie Battye 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 19. Api Pewhairangi 13. Jay Pitts 16. Junior Roqica 6. Jarrod Sammut 8. Tom Spencer 24. Alex Walker 36. Sam Wilde 2. Rhys Williams View the full article
  7. John Kear has named a provisional 38-man train-on squad ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2017, including five London Broncos; Rhys Williams, Elliot Kear, Michael Channing, Ben Evans and Dalton Grant. The squad was announced at Wales’ World Cup kit launch, which marked 100 days until their opening group match against Papua New Guinea. There are six uncapped players in the squad: St Helens’ Calvin Wellington and Elliot Jenkins, Coventry Bears’ Zak Williams, Newcastle Knights’ Josh Ralph and Penrith Panthers duo Caleb Aekins and Daniel Brown. Meanwhile, Ben Evans, Ben Flower, Larne Patrick and Rhys Evans, who all made their last appearances at Rugby League World Cup 2013, have been included. Twenty out of Wales’ 22-man squad for last year’s World Cup qualification campaign have been shortlisted. In total, the squad features 12 players from Super League clubs, nine players from Championship clubs, 13 players from League 1 clubs and four players from NRL and Australian clubs. London boss, Andrew Henderson, was pleased that the hard work and determination of his players brought about a just reward. “It’s a fantastic achievement that five of our players have been named in the Wales Squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. “It’s obviously beneficial to John Kear somewhat, given that all five have now been training and playing together for a year and know how the others work, but that’s not to say that they haven’t worked incredibly hard for this opportunity. “It’s very pleasing to see their efforts rewarded, and we look forward to seeing how they get on in October.” On his squad selection, Wales head coach John Kear said: “I’m delighted. Everybody is pretty excited about the World Cup. “The train-on squad is a mixture of those who have achieved with us and newcomers who have come to our attention. We want to be able to pick the best squad for the World Cup. “Ben Flower, Ollie Olds and Rhys Evans are all currently injured, but we’re giving them every opportunity to recover, go through their rehab and put their hands up for selection. “As this is a train-on squad, it doesn’t exclude other players from joining the squad at a later date. “From speaking to the players, I know that they were disappointed with the 2013 World Cup and they see this tournament as a way of rectifying that. At this World Cup, they can set the standard. “As a group, they really enjoy each other’s company and they will be confident. “It will be a trip to savour for the players, the support staff and everybody involved. “With going to places like Papua New Guinea, Townsville and Perth, it’s going to be a real adventure. It will be one that we can enjoy, but we will also have to work hard.” Wales will open their World Cup campaign when they face Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday, October 28. They will then travel to Townsville in northern Australia to take on Fiji on Sunday, November 7. Wales’ final group match is against Ireland at Perth Rectangular Stadium on Sunday, November 12. WALES’ 38-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD: Larne Patrick (Castleford Tigers), Zak Williams (Coventry Bears), Courtney Davies, Steve Parry, Lewis Reece (all Gloucestershire All Golds), Danny Ansell (Hunslet), Sam Hopkins (Leigh Centurions), Michael Channing, Ben Evans, Dalton Grant, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (all London Broncos), Josh Ralph (Newcastle Knights), Matty Barron (Newcastle Thunder), Joe Burke (Oldham), Caleb Aekins, Daniel Brown (both Penrith Panthers), Ant Walker (Rochdale Hornets), Craig Kopczak (Salford Red Devils), Matty Fozard (Sheffield Eagles), Morgan Evans, Connor Farrer, Andrew Gay, Christiaan Roets (all South Wales Ironmen), Regan Grace, Elliot Jenkins, Morgan Knowles, Ben Morris, Calvin Wellington (all St Helens), Rhodri Lloyd (Swinton Lions), Jake Emmitt, Dan Fleming (both Toronto Wolfpack), Rhys Evans (Warrington Wolves), Ollie Olds (West Brisbane Panthers), Gil Dudson, Lloyd White (both Widnes Vikings), Ben Flower (Wigan Warriors), Phil Joseph (Workington Town) View the full article
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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