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  1. The Lancashire and Yorkshire Academy ‘Origin’ squads to face the Australian Schoolboys have today been announced with London Broncos Under 19 player, Oli Leyland, picked for the Lancashire side. Oli has been playing rugby league for many years now starting at Medway Dragons and then Invicta Panthers. He has been through the Broncos Scholarship programme and is now in the Academy side here in the Capital. Oli has flourished since joining the ever successful U19 system under the watchful gaze of Rob Powell, Head of Youth Development and Under 19 Head Coach, Huw Goodwin, showing that London is continuing to produce more and more home grown talent. There are four new faces in the Lancashire squad: Christian Kellett, who joins eight of his St Helens team mates in the side, Wigan Warriors’ Reece Hamlett and Sam Halsall and Leyland of the Broncos, who is the only representative in either side from a Southern club. The Lancashire side will be coached by former Rochdale Hornets coach Ian Talbot, supported by two-times Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner, Paul Sculthorpe. Leeds Rhinos dominate the Yorkshire ‘Origin’ squad with eight representatives including call ups for Muizz Mustapha, Callum McLelland and Tom Holroyd. City of Hull Academy players Conor Wynn, Elliott Wallis and Jack Brown are also new additions to the squad, alongside Robbie Storey of Castleford Tigers and Newcastle Thunder’s Rory Nettleton. Former England and Huddersfield Giants player Luke Robinson will coach the Yorkshire side against the visitors. The Yorkshire division take on the Australian Schoolboys at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford on Wednesday, November 28 (KO 7.30pm) before Lancashire come head-to-head with the visitors at the Manchester Regional Arena on Saturday, December 1 (KO 3.00pm). England Academy will then take on the Australian Schoolboys at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday, December 8 (KO 2.00pm) and the Emerald Headingley Stadium on Friday, December 14 (KO 7.30pm). Squads for the England Academy fixtures will be announced later this month. Lancashire ‘Origin’ Squad in full: Aiden Roden (Wigan Warriors) Ben Davies (Widnes Vikings) Christian Kellett (St Helens) Ethan Havard (Wigan Warriors) Jack Welsby (St Helens) Jake Wingfield (St Helens) James McDonnell (Wigan Warriors) Jarrod O’Connor (Widnes Vikings) Jayden Hatton (Widnes Vikings) Joe Sharratt (St Helens) Joe Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors) John Hutchings (St Helens) Josh Simm (St Helens) Matthew Foster (St Helens) Nathan Wilde (Wigan Warriors) Oliver Leyland (London Broncos) Reece Hamlett (Wigan Warriors) Sam Halsall (Wigan Warriors) Sam Royle (St Helens) Tom Nisbet (St Helens) Yorkshire ‘Origin’ Squad in full: Muizz Mustapha (Leeds Rhinos) Callum McLelland (Leeds Rhinos) Conner Wynne (City of Hull Academy) Corey Johnson (Leeds Rhinos) Dom Young (Huddersfield Giants) Elliot Wallis (City of Hull Academy) Jack Broadbent (Leeds Rhinos) Jack Brown (City of Hull Academy) Jack Flynn (Huddersfield Giants) Keelan Foster (Bradford Bulls) Lewis Carr (Castleford Tigers) Lewis Peachey (Castleford Tigers) Louis McConnell (Leeds Rhinos) Mikey Lewis (City of Hull Academy) Owen Trout (Leeds Rhinos) Robbie Storey (Castleford Tigers) Rory Nettleton (Newcastle Thunder) Rowan Milnes (Bradford Bulls) Tom Holroyd (Leeds Rhinos) Tyler Dupree (Leeds Rhinos) View the full article
  2. Rugby League will return to Anfield Stadium for the second time in six months next May when the Dacia Magic Weekend hits Merseyside. Liverpool FC’s iconic stadium provided the perfect setting for England’s memorable Second Test win against New Zealand last week, and now all 12 Betfred Super League clubs can relish the prospect of playing in front of The Kop after today’s meeting of the Super League board ratified the move. Super League broke new ground in 2007 when the Magic Weekend was established, with a regular round of fixtures taken to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Since then it has also been staged at Murrayfield, Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, and for the last four years St James’s Park in Newcastle – and the concept has now been adopted in the Southern Hemisphere by the National Rugby League, who will stage a full round of matches at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium next May. The 2018 Dacia Magic Weekend attracted an aggregate attendance of more than 64,000, and as ever the players relished the top of the ground conditions with a feast of tries, and an average of more than 50 points scored in each of the six games. The fixtures at the 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend will include a repeat of the 2018 Betfred Super League Grand Final, with champions Wigan Warriors facing Warrington Wolves in the last of the three games on Saturday May 25 (1900 kick-off) – giving the Wolves the opportunity to take revenge not only for their defeat at Old Trafford last month, but also for the 38-10 drubbing inflicted by Wigan in Newcastle last May. The Anfield programme has been determined by ranking position from the 2018 season, meaning that the other two teams who earned places in the top four – St Helens and Castleford Tigers – will clash in another mouth-watering fixture to round off the weekend on Sunday May 26 (1800). Wakefield Trinity and Catalans Dragons will share the honour of playing the first Dacia Magic Weekend fixture at Anfield Stadium at 1400 on the Saturday, and their match will be followed by Hull FC versus Huddersfield Giants at 1630 – before Wigan and Warrington take centre stage. The Sunday programme begins with Salford Red Devils facing Hull Kingston Rovers (1300), while London Broncos have been handed a match against fellow 2018 Qualifiers, Leeds Rhinos (1530), in our first Magic Weekend appearance since 2014. All six matches will be shown live on Sky Sports, as part of their extensive, exclusive live coverage of the Betfred Super League. Robert Elstone, the Super League chief executive, said: “On behalf of the Super League clubs, we’re delighted to be taking the Dacia Magic Weekend to one of the most famous stadiums in the world. “Anfield and Liverpool Football Club have embraced our sport – throughout all our discussions on the Magic Weekend, they made it very clear to us that they wanted that relationship to continue. The game should be proud that Anfield has become a rugby league venue. “I would also like to thank Mayor Joe Anderson for his support for what will be a great weekend for Super League and the City of Liverpool. I had the privilege of working in the city for more than a decade and I know Super League fans will have a great time not only at Anfield but in one of our country’s most vibrant and exciting cities. The place is special – it’s a perfect fit for the celebratory atmosphere of Magic. “I’d also like to thank the City of Newcastle and Newcastle United for hosting the Magic Weekend so well over the past four seasons. They’ve created so many great memories for Super League and our fans, and have set the bar very high for Liverpool. Newcastle has inked its place into Super League history.” Tickets for the 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend will go on sale on Monday 19 November 2018 via rugby-league.com and the Super League clubs. 2019 Dacia Magic Weekend fixtures in full Saturday May 25 1400 – Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons 1630 – Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants 1900 – Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves Sunday May 26 1300 – Salford Red Devils v Hull Kingston Rovers 1530 – Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos 1800 – St Helens v Castleford Tigers View the full article
  3. Broncos News

    Tag Rugby comes to Pitshanger Lane

    The Brentham Club played host to the latest Tag Rugby festival in the Borough of Ealing hosted by the award winning Featherstone School Sports Partnership in association with London Broncos Rugby League. Head of Community sport at Featherstone Sports Centre, Juma Abdullahi told us, “Featherstone School Sports Partnership’s Year 5/6 Tag Rugby School Games competition brought together over 200 children of all abilities from 20 primary schools. This fun packed day of Rugby League gave children the opportunity to get active through the sport. A special thank you to the London Broncos for their support during the day, providing excellent referees and giving the children a photo opportunity with the Rugby League Million Pound Game Trophy and club mascot. Without the help of the London Bronco’s we wouldn’t have been able to deliver such a memorable and successful competition. Thank you Bronco’s.” Berrymeade School Acton Woodlands Academy The Community Project at London Broncos were delighted to be a part of such a fantastic festival and Community manager John Keyes said, ” Following the club’s promotion to Super League we are delighted to be able to support the development of Rugby League in the Borough of Ealing. It was great to see so many young people participating. We will look to support as many local events as we can throughout the next twelve months.” View the full article
  4. London Broncos are delighted to announce that Sorted magazine will again be a part of the club for the 2019 Super League Season. This year Sorted will again sponsor the Scholarship squad but will extend their partnership to become our written Media Partner. Each edition of the magazine will feature the London Broncos with fixture lists, adverts for games, retail offers etc and also an editorial feature on a First team player within the pages too. CEO Jason Loubser said, “Sorted Magazine were a great partner to the club last season with their sponsorship of the under 16 side along with match sponsorships and many other things too. Being able to put our name inside the magazine is yet another way of expanding the brand and trying to make the players more well known in Rugby League circles and beyond.” Sorted magazine Editor, Steve Legg told us, “It’s a thrill to be a part of London Broncos success story again this season. We’re sport mad at Sorted so it’s a perfect partnership.” Player Sponsorships are available by contacting the club :- commercial@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  5. Broncos News

    Cyber Radio join the Broncos team

    London Broncos are delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Cyber Radio. The partnership, which will see Cyber Radio on the new shirts, will give London Broncos a mouthpiece, through radio advertising, throughout the areas covered by the expanding DAB stations. Cyber Radio are the fastest growing DAB radio chain in the UK with 3 stations CYBER HITS/CYBER ROCK/CYBER GOLD on DAB in London/Surrey/West Kent and East Berkshire. They are also on DAB in Brighton/Glasgow/Norwich/Cambridge and Bristol and soon in Birmingham and Manchester with a radio-player on-line and mobile platforms world wide. Their daily schedule sees 53 mins of music per hour with commercials at the top of the hour only and with only six to eight presenter breaks maximising the time given to companies to advertise. With DAB as the fastest growing radio listening in the UK, with London/Surrey having the highest amount of listeners on DAB with over 85% now listening to DAB radio in their cars, it will give the Broncos the opportunity to reach a far wider audience as they start their 2019 Super League campaign. Club CEO, Jason Loubser said, ” We are very excited about the new partnership with Cyber Radio. More and more people listen to radio whether at home or on the move and having the ability to reach those people through targeted advertising will only be a good thing for the club. The advertising will make more people aware of London Broncos and also help in attracting them to our matches when we kick our Super League campaign in February.” CEO Tatiana Safonova told us, ” We are delighted to tie up with the London Broncos as this follows on nicely with our Rugby Union sponsorship for the Varsity match and County Cricket T/Twenty sponsorships taking our portfolio across many sports.” “We see this as a great way of promoting our brand which covers all aspects of music from pop and dance to Rock and Sixties over our 3 stations in London and beyond and we look forward to working with the London Broncos promoting all their home matches on air via commercials and our presenters including competitions that fans of the club can benefit from.” View the full article
  6. Broncos News

    Broncos back in the Super League

    London Broncos return to the Super League in 2019 with a home game which will see Wakefield Trinity visit Trailfinders on Sunday 3rd February with a 3pm Kick off. Fans will no doubt be anxious to see the schedule and the anticipation throughout the off season has been clearly palpable on all the club’s social media channels. The fixtures come thick and fast with the highlights being the games at Home against Castleford Tigers on Sky on Saturday February 23rd in Round 4 with another home game against the current Super League Champions, Wigan Warriors, in Round 5 again at Trailfinders on Sunday March 3rd at 3pm. St Helens come to town on July 21st at 3pm while two rounds earlier we welcome back former coach, Andrew Henderson, and Warrington Wolves on Saturday July 6th at 3pm. Easter sees the visit of Catalans Dragons to Ealing with a game on Thursday April 18th at 7.45pm before we make two trips, this season, to Perpignan on Saturday 15th June, on Sky & Saturday 17th August at 6pm also on Sky with the final home game of the season on Sunday 1st September against Leeds Rhinos at 3pm. The Dacia Magic Weekend will be played on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May (Round 16) with fixtures and the venue for the 2019 festival to be confirmed next week. Each team will play 29 fixtures – 14 at home and 14 away, plus the Magic round – meaning they play seven of the other 11 teams three times, and the other four twice. That fixture pattern has been determined by the teams’ finishing positions in 2018. Old Trafford will stage the 22nd Grand Final on Saturday October 12, the culmination of a return to the Top Five Play-Offs which produced the original Grand Final in 1998 – when Jason Robinson’s famous try set up Wigan’s 10-4 win against Leeds. That means the winners of the League Leaders’ Shield could take a direct passage to Old Trafford with victory in a single home match in the second round of the Play-Offs – whereas the team finishing fifth would have to win three away matches to make the Grand Final. Robert Elstone, the chief executive of Super League Europe, said: “The 2019 season will mark a change of direction for the Super League, and the start of exciting new beginnings. “We want our fans to be really excited about that first weekend, and how better to do that than with a Saints-Wigan derby, pitting the champions against their local rivals who were also last year’s League Leaders? And then to follow it up with a Hull derby? “We’re equally excited about the extra Saturday games which our broadcast partners at Sky Sports are showing in the early stages of the season, allowing the drama of the opening round of matches to unfold throughout the weekend. “Throw in the World Club Challenge between Wigan Warriors and the Sydney Roosters, the unique appeal and challenge of Super League’s Easter weekend – and of course the season builds to a real climax with the battle for places in the Top Five Play-Offs, building to the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.” Tickets for all London Broncos Home Games for 2019 will be available from the Club Website from Monday 12th November. View the full article
  7. Broncos News

    More Voodoo at Broncos

    London Broncos is pleased to announce that Voodoo Mouthguards have signed a new two year contract to be the clubs Official Mouthguard partner as we move into the 2019 Super League Season. Essex based company, Voodoo, provided the club with their mouthguards for the 2018 season which saw it culminating in the promotion through the Million Pound game in the 2018 season. This season will see the Voodoo Mouthguards logo adorn the back of the First Team playing shorts in a new deal that will make sure both First Team and Academy players are protected against injury. Voodoo Mouthguards will be providing the players with custom made mouthguards personally designed for London Broncos RL. Voodoo Directors, Brodie & Jack Gutteridge, told us , ” On behalf of Voodoo Mouthguards we are extremely excited to have the opportunity to support and supply protection to London Broncos. We are looking forward to joining London Broncos as they move into their newly promoted Super League position.” Head of Medical, Dan Watson told us, “Voodoo have provided the players with a highly protective and comfortable mouth guard during our promotion winning campaign and I am delighted to continue working together for a further two years” Club CEO Jason Loubser told us, ” Player welfare is of the utmost importance to us here at London Broncos from First Team all the way to the scholarship team. We are delighted to continue the relationship with Voodoo Mouthguards and with their help we can ensure the safety of all of the squads here in London.” View the full article
  8. Broncos News

    The Broncos Blog

    November’s here! I wonder how many of us have started the countdown ? No I don’t mean to Christmas I mean how many days left until the first Super League game ? Put it this way if there’s only eight weeks until Christmas then there’s only 12 weeks until the Rugby League season kicks off again and whilst I’m currently having a great time watching some fantastic rugby union stuff, which I’m sure you all are as well, I can’t wait for the Broncos to be off and doing their thing showing the world they seriously deserve their new status as a Super League club, oh and it’s not too far away that the lovely new kits will be available from BSK Pro. @BuyKit messaged me last week to tell me the kit should be available in November ! Watch this space for the actual date as they said they would let me know, I have one very excited little lad waiting for his ! The Twitter news on the Broncos feed since my article last week has brought us a constant stream of good news regarding new signings, from Matty Fozzard the fleet footed Welshman to newly announced Gideon Boafo. Congratulations to Gideon who at the young age of 19 has signed with a Super League club as his first full time contract. What a total Buzz for him, amazing to think he’s been with the Broncos since he was 15 and has progressed through the academy development program, talk about a successful home grown talent good news story, along with yesterday’s announcement that Jordan Abdull is coming over to us from Hull FC the updates are coming quicker than I can keep track of. New blood joining the ranks of home grown players developed by the club, such as Matt Davies who has also re-signed for the next season at this stage allowing everyone the time to bond before the new season. The next season will also have us witnessing play by the very experienced Greg Richards who at just 23 has 100 games to his credit, with something like 70 played at super league level . All in all we are being treated to some brilliant new additions to the team and this can only be of real benefit to the team going into the 2019 season, adding to the great bunch of guys we already have. Seriously an exciting time to be a Broncos fan! Some news from Rugby League in general this week. If you want to have a mosey on across to the rugby-league.com website there is the opportunity to win a signed Billy Boston MBE shirt. Billy is widely celebrated as one of the games greatest ever players, with 31 appearances for the country and as Wigan’s highest ever try scorer, a prize well worth winning in my view. My final mention and welcome this week goes to the Broncos new sponsor Global Smartdot Ltd. Their EMF exposure management system seems like it could give our guys a boost by protecting them from harmful emissions from phones and laptops and such like. I must say I don’t really understand how it works so I’m going to head over to their website www.energydots.co.uk to find out more. Welcome to the winning team that is the London Broncos Guys! Yours in sport Mike Molloy About the author Mike Molloy, is an experienced freelance professional writer & Author He regularly writes blog content on a variety of topics including Rugby League, food, hotels, travel & skiing to primary school pupil literacy and more. www.mikemolloy.me.uk Twitter @MikeMolloy08 Facebook/ Mike Molloy author #mikemolloyauthor #WeAreLondon #thenanatroll #mikemolloyechowarrior View the full article
  9. Broncos News

    New Signing Announcement

    London Broncos are delighted to announce the signing of half-back Jordan Abdull, after reaching an agreement with Hull FC, on a one year deal. The 22 year old is yet another young player joining the club with Super League experience having made his debut for Hull FC in 2014 against Wakefield Trinity. He played 54 times for his boyhood club while also spending time out on loan at Doncaster and Featherstone Rovers. Abdull spent the 2017 season on loan across the city at Hull Kingston Rovers playing 23 times for the Robins and scoring 12 tries in the process but returned to Hull FC for the 2018 season making 10 appearances for the Black and Whites. Abdull told us, ” I am delighted to be able to have a new opportunity in Super League down in the Capital. Its a really big move for me and I am looking forward to living and working in a new city and hopefully I can have a good year on the field and help the side in everyway that I can.” Head Coach Danny Ward said, “We are very pleased to have Jordan on board at the Broncos. He is an exciting, young British half-back who already has Super League experience with Hull FC.” “Jordan is a player I have liked since I coached the Academy against him a few years ago and am now really looking forward to working with him as we move into the 2019 season.” David Hughes, Broncos Chairman said, ” Yet another exciting young player with bags of talent and experience is joining us here in London and I am looking forward to seeing Jordan fit into the already successful set up that Danny Ward has created.” Player Sponsorships, both Personal and Corporate, are available on request from the club :- commercial@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  10. Broncos News

    London Academy produces again

    London Broncos are delighted to announce that 19 year old Gideon Boafo has put pen to paper on his first full time professional contract with club. Boafo, who has been with the club since the age of 15, started in the player development centre before progressing to the London Scholarship programme until he was 16. At 16 he was taken into the Academy system where he has continued to progress under the guidance of Rob Powell, Head of Youth Development, Jamie Langley and most recently Huw Goodwin. Gideon told us, ” I am absolutely delighted to be able to sign for the first team for 2019. Its the dream of every player coming through the system to make it to the highest level and pull on the shirt especially now the club are back in Super League.” Boafo also said, ” I would not have been able to do this without the fantastic coaching I have had through the years and want to take the opportunity to say thank you to Danny Ward for having belief in me, Jamie, Huw and Rob for making me the player that I am now. I know I still have a lot to learn but am excited to be a part of the 2019 Broncos side.” Having worked with Gideon for a number of years Rob Powell said, “‘I am really pleased for Gideon. He has played rugby league for a long time having come through Croydon hurricanes and then spent 5 years on our programme. He should be commended for the fact he has lived on the other side of London and always found a way to get to training. Gideon has had set backs along the way and he is a great example of what can be achieved if you continue to work hard towards your goal.” Head Coach Danny Ward said, “Gideon has been rewarded for consistently performing over the last few years for our under 19’s team. He is an exciting player, equally at home on the wing or at full back and his performances saw him awarded as the player of the year this season. We have shown that the pathway is there for our juniors to develop and we can’t wait to see Gideon continue to grow in our full time environment.” Broncos Chairman, David Hughes told us, ” We have been impressed with Gideon at the Academy level and we can promote yet another of our home grown products. The success last season of players like Meadows, Butler, Hindmarsh, Davis and Davies clearly shows the development at the club and I am sure that Gideon will be another success story.” Player Sponsorship is available on request from the club :- commercial@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  11. Broncos News

    Matt Davies re-signs at Broncos

    London Broncos can today announce that young hooker, Matthew Davies, has re-signed for the club for one more year until the end of the 2019 Super League Season. Davies who was on an apprenticeship contract while working with the London Rugby League Foundation and the Broncos Community programme has now signed a full time contract at the club. Despite his age Matt has gained invaluable experience throughout 2018 culminating in the final pass of the Million Pound Game where Broncos gained their promotion to Super League. Matt said, “I am really happy to be staying here at London Broncos for another year. Playing in the Million Pound game was a fantastic experience and I am now looking forward to hopefully making my Super League debut in 2019. Head Coach Danny Ward said, “Matty has progressed very well this year and we are delighted to offer him a new deal. From rupturing a bicep in the pre-season trial to starring in the MPG, Matty certainly had a year he’ll never forget.” “Another product of our Broncos academy system, he is a smart footballer who will benefit from another year in a full time environment. David Hughes, Broncos Chairman told us, “Matt is another product of the fantastic Academy set up here at the club. He proved his worth last season and it will be exciting to see him at the next level this year.” View the full article
  12. Broncos News

    New Signing Announcement

    London Broncos are delighted to announce the signing of Greg Richards on a two year contract. Richards, who was released by Leigh Centurions earlier this year, will join the Broncos ranks as they look to cement their place in Super League in the 2019 season. The 23 year old former St Helens player already has 100 career appearances under his belt while also winning the Grand Final with the Saints in 2014. Richards will bring more Super League experience to the London side having played over 70 times in the competition. Richards told us, “I am really excited to join London Broncos. The club has a fantastic mentality and the way Danny Ward and his team put their trust in the players in the Million Pound Game was something I watched and thought I wanted to be a part of. I am looking forward to a new environment and who wouldn’t be happy to be playing in the capital with what seems to be a great bunch of lads.” Head Coach Danny Ward said, ” Greg is only young but has already played in over 70 Super League games and won a Grand Final with St Helens. His experience will prove invaluable as we work our way through next season.” Broncos Chairman, David Hughes said, ” We are excited to bring Greg to London and know that he will bring something new to our side with the experience of Super League that he already has.” Player Sponsorship will be available and for more information please contact :- commercial@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  13. London Broncos are proud to today announce an exciting new sponsorship partnership with the High Performance Programme Global SmartDot Ltd. Smartdot is the Official EMF Protection Partner in London Broncos High Performance Partnership Programme. Smartdot will be working with the players to improve blood oxygenation by managing EMF exposure. The Programme is designed to improve player performance levels and recovery times. Global SmartDot Director, Steven Moors, said, “Energydots are very excited at the opportunity to work with London Broncos. We are very excited about this partnership and are looking forward to a successful season working alongside London Broncos.” Broncos Head of Strength and conditioning, Mike Eccles said, “We will be working with SmartDot to help the team to improve their blood oxygen levels by managing EMF exposure. We expect to see improvements in energy levels and recovery times of the players.” We would like to thank Michael Jackson at Elite Sports Marketing for facilitating this arrangement. For More information go to:- www.energydots.co.uk View the full article
  14. London Broncos award winning community project, under the watchful eye of John Keyes, has again had more success in one of the local schools with whom they work closely. Woodlands Academy were in special measures when the community team first started working with them and have since gone from strength to strength. One initiative is the school sports partnership where players go into the schools and incorporate both Maths and English alongside Rugby League. Assistant Head Teacher, Sonia Magan told us, “Woodlands Academy were fortunate enough to work alongside the London Broncos on many projects last academic year.” “One particular project that had a strong impact on our successful results in Maths last year was the Bronco Maths Booster.” “Led by Will Lovell, a professional player, pupils combined Maths and Sports in to a fun booster session. Pupils were extremely engaged in the session which consisted of 45 minutes of Maths problem solving questions which were directly linked to their SATS learning followed by a 15 minute Rugby game. This kept our pupils coming back week after week! They were learning all the important stuff in a fun & exciting way!” “As a result of this partnership, we have had a massive 700% increase in our Maths results when compared to the previous year & our progress for Reading, Writing & Maths combined put us in the top 10 schools in Ealing. We look forward to continuing working with the London Broncos this year & have many exciting projects coming up so watch this space!” Community Manager John Keyes said, “We were delighted to win the Community project of the Year at this years Championship awards. The work of the School Sports Partnership has been fantastic in enabling so many different initiatives throughout the Borough of Ealing and especially at Woodlands Academy where they had some problems that we were happy to help out with. Winning the award two years out of the last three, shows the great work that the team are doing and also highlights the need for more community projects like this in and around the Rugby League community as a whole.” London Broncos continue to spread their Community net throughout the South East with now over 23 schools in the London Borough of Ealing being helped by John Keyes and his fantastic team. View the full article
  15. Broncos News

    New Signing Announcement

    London Broncos Rugby League is delighted to announce the signing of 25 year old prop forward Nathan Mason on a two year deal. Mason, who came through the Huddersfield Giants Academy system, has decided to make London his home for the next two seasons following talks with Head Coach Danny Ward. Mason spent the 2018 season on loan at Leigh Centurions from his parent club Huddersfield playing 22 times for the Leythers in the process. The 6ft 5 inch prop played 33 times for Huddersfield before spending time on loan at Batley and Oldham. Head Coach Danny Ward said, “Nathan came through the ranks at Huddersfield and burst into the 1st team at an early age. He’s a big human being and will hopefully bring something a bit different to the team.” Mason said, ” I am buzzing to be able to get back into Super League and the opportunity with London was one I couldn’t turn down. I have spoken to a few lads who know Danny Ward and they had only good things to say about him and the club. I am looking forward now to next season and a new experience with London Broncos.” Broncos Chairman David Hughes said, ” Nathan is another exciting young talent with Super League experience and I am looking forward to seeing him in a Broncos shirt in 2019.” Player Sponsorship will be available soon. Please contact us for more information :- commercial@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  16. Broncos News

    Pelissier commits to Broncos

    London Broncos is delighted to announce that former Catalans Dragons and Leigh Centurions player, Eloi Pelissier, has signed again with the club for the 2019 season. Pelissier, who joined the Broncos towards the end of the 2018 season and was an integral part of the squad that won promotion through the Million Pound game, has signed a new one year deal with the capital club as they move into the new Super League season. Pelissier said, “I’m very happy and proud to be at London Broncos for the Super League in 2019. We created one big page of the London Broncos history in 2018 , and I can’t wait to fight every weekend in Super League to create a new page.” “London it’s a family team where I feel good. My team mates , the staff , and the fans made me feel welcome straight away when I arrived and I would like to thank everyone for that.” “London Broncos deserve to be in Super League and I will give everything for that.” Broncos Head Coach, Danny Ward, told us, “Eloi joined us at the back end of the season and made a big contribution on the field. He is a great professional and has a lot of experience at the top level. Once we get over the French/Yorkshire language barrier he is a pleasure to work with.” Chairman, David Hughes, said, ” Eloi has been great for us since his arrival and it will be a big boost for us to have someone with not only his experience but his energy too.” Player Sponsorships are available please contact :- commercial@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  17. Broncos News

    Kear signs for one more year

    London Broncos are delighted to announce that Welsh Captain, Elliot Kear, has re-signed for the 2019 Super League Season. Kear will be moving into his fourth year at the club having joined in 2015 from Rugby Union side London Welsh and was an integral part of the squad as the Broncos gained promotion through the Million Pound Game. Welsh Captain Kear said, “I am really happy to sign for another year here at London Broncos and to be going to Super League with the club. I am really excited about the next challenge in Super League and in keeping the London club where it belongs.” Head Coach Danny Ward said of Kear,”Elliot has had a fantastic season and struck up a strong partnership with his fellow Welshman, Rhys Williams, on the left side. He plays well above his weight and has previous experience at Super League level. His elevation to Captain of the Welsh national side has also helped him as a person as well as a player.” Broncos Chairman, David Hughes said, “We are delighted to secure the signature of such an experienced player again for next year. Elliot will bring the much needed knowledge of Super League that the squad will need as we move into a very exciting time for the club.” Player Sponsorships for 2019 are available on request. For more information please contact the club on commercial@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  18. Broncos News

    Cunningham stays at Broncos

    London Broncos are delighted to announce that James Cunningham has agreed a new deal with the club for the 2019 Super League season. The Fans favourite had a great season for the side throughout 2018, playing both at half-back and hooker. His performance also earned him a call up, as the only Championship player, to the England Knights squad. Cunningham said, “I am really happy to have secured another year at the club. Last season I felt I was playing really well and I hope I can carry that form into next year.” “I want to say thanks to Danny Ward and his team for having faith in me and helping me through the tough times and the good. I am now looking forward to playing with this great group of guys and continuing the journey onwards into the Super League.” Head Coach Danny Ward said, “We are delighted that James has re-signed for the Broncos for the 2019 season. Before injury cut short his season, James was in top form and steered the team through some crucial wins at the business end. We are looking forward to seeing Cunno step up to the challenge of Super League next season.” Broncos Chairman David Hughes said, “James is another exciting young talent here at London Broncos. We are very pleased that he has decided to stay in the capital despite the interest he has received from many other Super League sides.” Player Sponsorships will be available soon and for more details please contact commercial@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  19. Broncos News

    The Friday Blog

    Rugby league and the London Broncos keeping busy even in the down time ! With such an unbelievable season behind us and the prospects of an incredible season ahead in 2019 the spirit and moral of the team is riding high during what is a relaxing time of reflection. A brilliant announcement today regarding signing the very talented Matty Fozard making a positive addition to the team, Matty brings with him masses of experience from his time with the Sheffield eagles amongst other things, the enthusiasm and energy oozing from a young player like him is a great addition, I look forward to seeing some good stuff from him in the coming season and would like to be among the first to congratulate him and welcome him on board the Bronco train. I was so pleased for him when I read that he had actually been signed even before the awesome win in Toronto which launched the Broncos back into Super League, what a result for him ! I mean what a result for all of us, but seriously, one minute you’re signing for a club and the next minute you’re going to be playing in Super League ! Just need to mention once more that season ticket holders can renew up until the the 1st November at last seasons prices, which is a cracking deal as you are now coming to watch Super League games, I know I mentioned it in last week sarticle but if I remind just a couple of fans that can then save a few quid then so much the better. In a couple of weeks at the Golden Boot Dinner three Rugby legends will be inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame, Andy Gregory, Derek Turner and Johnny Whitley MBE will join this hallowed club of rugby league fame. The stringent rules to qualify for membership are quite onerous and reflect the massive achievements of these three latest recipients, these include outstanding achievement at the highest levels of the game, a reputation that is greater than the era they played in and to have made a contribution that will last as long as the game of rugby league does, that’s incredible when you think about it, given that the game of rugby is set to be here forever I would think, not sure I would like the task of picking a worthy recipient as there are so many fantastic retired players, it would be a difficult job I’m sure. If any of you fancy a going along for this auspicious occasion then tickets are available at a reasonable £40 each or £650 for a VIP table of 10. I suppose the next thing to mention is the super cool looking new kit for the 2019 season, judging by the fan comments on Twitter it’s a pretty popular look and my own view is that it reflects the new super league status of the team well, love it and going to be getting mine and Henry’s right away, in fact to echo one fan, Ben Aitken @baitken26 “awesome stuff ! Take my money… bring on the season and the release of this stuff” Get ready @BuyKit there’s going to be a rush ! Yours in sport Mike About the author Mike Molloy, is an experienced freelance professional writer & Author He regularly writes blog content on a variety of topics including Rugby League, food, hotels, travel & skiing to primary school pupil literacy and more. www.mikemolloy.me.uk Twitter @MikeMolloy08 Facebook/ Mike Molloy author #mikemolloyauthor #WeAreLondon #thenanatroll #mikemolloyechowarrior View the full article
  20. Broncos News

    New Signing Announcement

    London Broncos are delighted to announce the signing of 23 year old hooker/halfback, Matty Fozard on a two year deal from Championship side Sheffield Eagles. The Welsh International joins the Broncos following a three year stint at the Sheffield club playing over 100 times at three different home grounds in the process. Fozard said, “I’m ecstatic to be given the opportunity to play for the London Broncos for the next 2 seasons, it’s an even bigger privilege now that the team have successfully made back into Super League. I can’t thank Danny Ward and Graeme Taylor (agent) enough for allowing me this opportunity to be back playing at the elite level. I’m very eager to start my time at this club and can’t wait to meet all the boys, staff and the Broncos fans.” The Widnes born player signed for the club before the Million Pound Game and said of the jump to Super League, ” Honestly I was like a little kid at Christmas, I was anxious but excited at the thought of seeing London back in Super League. All the boys on the day were outstanding and a credit to the club and fully deserved the promotion. My personal highlight was when Alex Walker held up Blake Wallace on the 70th minute. This showed the drive and determination to get back to where they belong. I was already thrilled about becoming a full time championship player however the promotion to Super League is literally the cherry on top and I can’t I wait to get started.” Head Coach Danny Ward told us, “We have kept a close eye on Matty throughout the season & he has performed consistently well. He is young, hungry and will benefit massively from being in a full time environment.” Chairman David Hughes said, ” Fozard has been on our radar all season and we are very excited to have another young hungry player within the ranks at London Broncos.” To Sponsor Matty please contact the club at commercial@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  21. Broncos News

    Bartercard sign for two more years

    London Broncos Rugby League are pleased to announce that they have signed and extension to the 2018 sponsorship from Bartercard UK in a deal that will see the York based company as the Headline Sponsor until the end of the 2020 season. As part of the sponsorship, Bartercard will have a prominent presence on the teams shirts as well as high visibility surrounding the pitch on the perimeter boards. Bartercard will also be featured on the official London Broncos website and be included in all literature, brochures and the match day programme. Broncos CEO Jason Loubser said, ” We are delighted to continue our relationship with Bartercard UK and look forward to working with them not only to bring new revenue into the club but potential new partners too.” Bartercard UK Managing Director, Chris Kirby, said, “Bartercard, one of the world’s largest trade exchanges, is delighted to announce that it is be the official trade exchange partner for the London Broncos once again for the next two years. Under the new deal, Bartercard branding will be proudly on the front of the shirts of the London Broncos as they take part in the 2019 Super League season and beyond. Bartercard want to take this opportunity for the fan base, that are business owners and give them the chance to supply the Broncos as a preferred supplier, please contact us to gain the extra business and support the Broncos along the way.” Bartercard offers a barter-trading system for businesses to exchange goods and services within a global community. Bartercard acts as a third party record keeper to enable SMEs to purchase goods and services by utilising “Trade Pounds” as a currency across their global network of businesses. Bartercard offers many benefits such as access to over 50,000 fellow global cardholders, an interest free line of credit to allow businesses to purchase immediately, access to the world trading platform portal, the use of the Bartercard mobile application for trading and payments and free networking events. Globally, Bartercard operates in countries including Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Thailand, Israel, South Africa and France. For more information, visit www.bartercard.co.uk. Follow Bartercard UK on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ and like on Facebook. Corporate Player Sponsorships will be available very soon and for more information please contact commercial@londonbroncosrl.com View the full article
  22. Broncos News

    The Friday Blog

    Super league beckons, the planning and hard work starts now. When I opened my curtains this morning and looked out over the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, the sun was just coming up, it was an incredible sight as the clouds were a deep orange and the dazzlingly bright golden sun behind them was forcing bright shafts of light at all angles, piercing them through, it was a stunning display of beauty which hit my senses and immediately made me want to write something, poetry you might think having witnessed such an incredibly moving display. Nope, Rugby and more specifically the London Broncos boys and their ascension to super league following a fantastic season of great games, highs and lows , mostly highs of course, culminating in the last dramatic heart stopping game in Toronto. Honestly I’m still in disbelief that it actually came down to such a hairs breadth finish, that sort of thing is what legends are made of. The uplift to super league will have many positive effects on everyone involved with the club, some obvious and some not, everyone from the players, managers, admin and importantly the fans, I predict that the good things that will come from being a super league team and supporting a super league team won’t be fully revealed for weeks and weeks. Everyone standing a little taller, positivity breeds more positivity and can become a bit of a self fulfilling prophecy. Let us allow the feeling to wash over us all and carry us together into next season riding on the crest of this success, creating an unstoppable force of rugby Dynamism. Surprisingly the price of tickets have only risen by 20% to reflect our new found status of super league team and some great news is that season ticket holders can renew theirs at the 2018 price until November the first, that’s a great deal so grab it while you can as there is only a few days left at the time of me writing this. In all the excitement of the past couple of weeks I had failed to pay full attention to the news article from mid September that the London Broncos had won an award for the community project of the year and that this was in fact the third year running that they had picked up the award, that bit of news is just incredible really because when you take a minute to think about all the community projects that there must be in such an enormous place as London, to win it once would be amazing, but to win it 3 times on the trot is unbelievable, my interest is piqued and I am going to find out more about the amazing work that they do and write more on the subject over the coming weeks and months. Think about this Bronco fans, we have fought and won our way into super league thank to some fantastic players, we have an award winning coach in the form of Danny Ward, head coach of the year and our community work team under the guidance of John Keyes has won the community project award 3 years running. That’s a lot to be proud of, a lot to live up to and aspire to for next season and a fantastic rugby league family to be a part of. Personally I feel lucky to be involved even in such a small way as scribbling a few words once a week. Rugby is a huge part of my life and being part of such a great team right at this moment is wonderful and makes me look forward to friday morning like never before. Yours in sport Mike About the author Mike Molloy, is an experienced freelance professional writer & Author He regularly writes blog content on a variety of topics including Rugby League, food, hotels, travel & skiing to primary school pupil literacy and more. www.mikemolloy.me.uk Twitter @MikeMolloy08 Facebook/ Mike Molloy author #mikemolloyauthor #WeAreLondon #thenanatroll #mikemolloyechowarrior View the full article
  23. Broncos News

    Broncos Return to Super League

    London Broncos will return to Super League following their incredible victory over Toronto Wolfpack in the Million Pound game at Lamport Stadium on Sunday 7th October. Two penalties from Jarrod Sammut were enough to get the boys back to the top flight with a shock 4-2 Million Pound Game victory over the Wolfpack having been defeated in their two previous visits to North America The Broncos got over the line largely as a result of an immense defensive effort as on four occasions Toronto were denied tries, with three of those incidents coming after London players held up their opponents over the tryline. Toronto thought they had drawn first blood within the first minute when Alex Walker spilled a ball and Toronto skipper Josh McCrone went over only for it to be disallowed for offside by the video referee, Phil Bentham. They did, however, fall behind when London half-back Sammut kicked a ninth-minute penalty, which proved to the only score of a defence-dominated first half. The Broncos were impressive in defence all afternoon and were the livelier side on attack. Half back, Jarrod was Sammut pulling the strings and hooker Eloi Pelissier seemed to cause the Wolfpack all sorts of problems.. Toronto missed a chance to go ahead when winger Mason Caton-Brown kicked a loose ball into space and chased the kick with Walker and Williams in hot pursuit of the former London man. His dribbling skills let him down near the line and his final touch, under pressure saw the winger knock on and the danger was over. The hosts were temporarily reduced to 12 men when another former Broncos player, Andy Ackers, was sin-binned for a late and high tackle on Pelissier. The Broncos could force home the extra man advantage though as the defence from both sides of the pond held firm. Full-back Gareth O’Brien brought Toronto level with on 56 minutes as Pelissier gave away a penalty and the hero of the Million pound game of 2016 duely stepped up and kicked it between the posts. but The Broncos still kept the pressure on the Canadian side and their persistence paid off when Sammut cancelled it out two minutes later with his second of the game. O’Brien was off target with a longer-range effort soon after as he looked to square up the scores . The Wolfpack’s last chance disappeared when stand-off Blake Wallace reached the line with nine minutes left but was held up on his back in the now named Million Pound Tackle by London full-back Alex Walker, who had continued to play despite dislocating three fingers in the opening play of the match. The final play of the season saw Kieran Dixon collect the ball and run in the opposite direction much to the chagrin of the booing Toronto faithful. The hooter sounded and the Broncos erupted in celebration and will now return to the Super League for the first time since 2014. LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Dixon, Hellewell, Kear, Williams, Pitts, Sammut, Evans, Pelissier, Ioane, Gee, Lovell, Hindmarsh INTERCHANGES :- (All Used) Battye, Butler, Spencer, Davies GOALS :- Sammut 2/2 TORONTO WOLFPACK :- O’Brien, Caton-Brown, Rawsthorne, Wheeler, Russell, McCrone, Wallace, Lussick, Beswick, Sims, Dixon, Whiting, Emmitt INTERCHANGES :- (All Used) Buchanan, Ackers, Sidlow, Higson GOALS :- O’Brien 1/2 SIN BIN :- Ackers REFEREE :- Chris Kendall View the full article
  24. Broncos News

    The Friday Blog

    WOW ! What a game, what a season, Super League here we come! What an incredible achievement it was for the London Broncos on Sunday, a tense and well played match that turned out to be historical for them and thank heaven for that offside decision at the beginning of the game, thank heaven for the massive defending effort put up by the lads in stopping the Toronto Wolfpack in their very capable tracks on so many occasions ! Was anyone else watching with heart in mouth and palpitations equal to that brought on by a double espresso with an extra shot ? I was and at one point I just couldn’t look at the screen. They are so many factors which are instrumental in the outcome of any match, tiny little actions that simply cannot be planned for, that just happen in the course of a game, these tiny little happenings, like a small pebble cast into the middle of an enormous lake may set up a ripple effect that can end just about anywhere. Fantastically for us, our guys seemed to ride on the crest of these ripples, a little knock on from from a Toronto player here, a high tackle from another there, deserving of a little time incarcerated in the sin bin and before you know it they have all added up to a balance tipping point where Lady Luck decided to put in her own tupennys’worth and brandish at the world an old saying attributed to her and bosh ! “Third time lucky” the Wolfpack were defeated by a hairs breadth and our boys won the day ! Some heroes of that match must have a mention at this point, although the entire team have been instrumental, each having played their part in the climb to super league during the monumental effort that this season has been for the London Broncos, it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t pick out Jarrod Sammut and thank him for the points ( imagine if he’d missed ) Eloi Pelissier, merci Eloi tu étais fantastique ! What about the million pound tackler, Alex Walker playing on despite mangled fingers ! Finally my son Henry, who promptly announced at the end of the match that it was all down to his “thought wishes” I didn’t argue with him, who knows maybe it was ? A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Danny Ward, coach extraordinaire, for the huge part he has played in bringing the Broncos in from the cold. Looking back, personally I owe a big thank you to Neil Reynolds for asking me to write the Friday blog about rugby league early on in the season and setting me on a path that has brought me such huge satisfaction and pleasure, at this point it seems incredible to me that I have only been following rugby league and in particular the London Broncos for one season, it has been an incredibly exciting rollercoaster, learning experience for me, truly welcomed I must ad, A real privilege to be introduced properly to this wonderful sport and fantastic team just at the point of re-entering super league, surely there can never be a better time to be introduced to a new sport and new team than when they are riding a winning wave so strongly that nothing seems to be able to stand in their way ! In closing this week I just need to ask, what are we going to talk about for the next few months ? Tweet me @MikeMolloy08 with your suggestions, this is your chance to get your topic aired ( or not ) or don’t tweet me and I’ll just keep burbling on as I do, I might even start talking a bit of boxing if you fancy that as I just got a brief to write a weekly column for the British boxing news and it’s exciting times in boxing right now. Have a great weekend all of you Bronco beauties and I’ll see you all here next week. Yours in sport Mike Molloy About the author Mike Molloy, is an experienced freelance professional writer & Author He regularly writes blog content on a variety of topics including Rugby League, food, hotels, travel & skiing to primary school pupil literacy and more. www.mikemolloy.me.uk Twitter @MikeMolloy08 Facebook/ Mike Molloy author #mikemolloyauthor #WeAreLondon #thenanatroll View the full article
  25. Broncos News

    Super League Season Tickets

    The club can today reveal the new pricing structure for Season Tickets for the new 2019 Super League Season. Prices will increase but only by 20% which is a lot less than originally anticipated. Current Season Ticket holders are still able to renew their tickets at the 2018 prices until the 1st of November. 2019 Bronze Season Tickets are now available for sale and Gold, Silver and Hospitality Season Tickets will be available from November the 5th for general sale. Bronze season tickets can be purchased here :- https://shop.londonbroncosrl.com/products/2019-season-tickets View the full article