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  1. Broncos News

    Southern Conference Day 4

    With only one day left now until the launch of the new Southern Conference League we take a look at Four more of the teams taking part. With the Conference League split into two divisions today we look at two teams from each of them. Western Division. Cardiff Dragons Cardiff Rugby Leagues vision from day one was to build a sustainable community club from junior to senior. The club was born out of the need for a rugby league club in the capital that was built on a vision that we would be driven by participation at all ages and give opportunity to all its members. All of this done in a well managed environment. The new league will now allow us to develop beyond the junior age grades and give our open age players two platforms to play on. This will allow the more talented players to step into a league structure that will continue to test and grow their ability. We will be fielding a full squad in the WRL premier league also and this will again see our emerging players from the youth step into a structured league competition alongside proven players thus supporting their development further. We are excited at the prospect of the coming season and showcasing what we can offer to a larger audience. Torfaen Tigers Torfaen Tigers Rugby League Football Club has a very proud history and we aim to continue the growth, success and family environment which has been achieved in recent seasons, this has seen us become one of the largest community club in the South. The Tigers were founded in April 2003 when they joined the Welsh division of the Rugby League Conference. In their inaugural year, the Tigers finished third in the Welsh division and reached the final of the RLC Plate competition where they lost to East Lancashire Lions. They also reached the National Conference Plate Final, losing to East Hull and, in the process, becoming one of the last teams to play on Warrington’s Wilderspool ground before the Super League club moved out. Ironically this connection was rekindled last year when Torfaen became an official partnership club of the Super League giants Warrington Wolves, This will hopefully bring exposure to the game in Wales and create another pathway for talented youngsters to follow. Torfaen Tigers previously played in RFL Conference League South for the 2015 & 2016 Season. Returning to the WRL Premier League in 2017 due to Conference League South being disbanded. The Tigers ran U13s, U15s, U17s and seniors including a development squad with the U15s & U17s and Seniors reaching their respected finals. Having secured a long-term home at New Panteg RFC in Pontypool, we are looking forward to stepping into the new Southern Conference as well as competing in the Welsh premier league with our development team and junior sides in what looks to be an exciting year ahead. Eastern Division North Herts Crusaders North Herts Crusaders RLFC was founded in February 2012. Following its inception North Herts Crusaders have gone on to find success in various competitions, such as; East Cup Winners 2013 & 2014 East England Champs 2012, 2013 & 2018 East Division 1 Winners 2018 Eastern 9’s Cup & Sheild Winners 2018 Harry Jepson Runner Up 2018 Challenge Cup Round 1 2018 We are hugely excited to take the club to the next level and compete in the Southern Conference this season. It’s going to be a real test playing alongside some fantastic clubs. This new competition is going to be pivotal in growing the game outside of the northern heartlands of rugby league and showcasing all the hard work that clubs have been putting in throughout the south. North Herts Crusaders will be reintroducing junior sides to compliment their 2 senior sides this year, starting with an under 13’s age group. We have ambitious growth plans for the next 5 years and the future is very exciting. This wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic support from all our sponsors and volunteers at the club. #JoinTheCrusade Bedford Tigers The Tigers have had a remarkable couple of years. They are the most successful club in the history of the East RL with two championships, five East RL Cups and two 9s titles since they started out back in 2004, but in the last two years it’s their off field activity that is catching the eye. They have recently taken over a brand new sports facility making them one of only three southern clubs to own and operate own ground. Hemel Stags and Nottingham Outlaws being the others. But what’s really impressive at the Tigers recently is their junior set up. They have created 4 satellite clubs in Bedfordshire purely for junior rugby league. This microclimate of activity is providing rugby league for 4 age groups, providing around 300 junior players a solid player pathway through junior rugby and into the Tigers senior section! This activity should start to bear fruit in the next year or so but in the meantime they are recruiting well from their local area for both player and backroom staff and have attracted some solid sponsorship funding. Strengthening the club at every level should see them become a solid outfit in the Conference over the next few years! More again tomorrow as we look at Hemel Stags and Gloucester All Golds View the full article
  2. Broncos News

    Broncos back at home

    London Broncos will this week return to Trailfinders Sports Club for the first time since their opening day win over Wakefield Trinity in the 2019 BetFred Super League. Following two games away from their Ealing base against Salford Red Devils and Hull Kingston Rovers the capital side are back at home to face the Castleford Tigers on Saturday 23rd February at 5.15pm in a game that can also be seen on Sky Sports. Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward has again for the fourth game in a row named an unchanged 19 man squad for the Tigers visit and his side will be looking to make the most of home advantage. The visit of Castleford will see the return, to London, of former Broncos players Tuoyo Egodo and Matt Cook. But due to injury there is no Luke Gale, Alex Foster or Mike McMeeken in the Castleford 19. Danny Ward said following the Hull KR defeat, ” We played pretty well in the first half and could have been further ahead. It’s the little mistakes that we will work on to fix up and we need to be smarter.” The 19 man squad to face Castleford Tigers on Saturday 23rd February at 5.15pm on Sky Sports Arena from 5pm – 6 – Jordan Abdull 13 – Sadiq Adebiyi 8 – Eddie Battye 7 – James Cunningham 5 – Kieran Dixon 17 – Matt Fleming 14 – Matty Fozard 16 – Matt Gee 10 – Mark Ioane 4 – Elliot Kear 11 – Will Lovell 18 – Nathan Mason 19 – Ryan Morgan 9 – Eloi Pelissier 12 – Jay Pitts 15 – Greg Richards 1 – Alex Walker 2 – Rhys Williams 20 – Luke Yates View the full article
  3. Broncos News

    Southern Conference Day 3

    We continue our look at some of the teams who will be in the new Southern Conference League that will be launched at halftime of the London Broncos versus Castleford Tigers game. With the Conference split over two divisions we have been looking at some of the sides taking part. EASTERN RHINOS The beginning The club was formed in 1992 from the successful Civil Service South East Team and began life on the Suffolk coast as ‘Felixstowe Eastern Rugby League Football Club’. After a favourable first season of friendlies, Felixstowe Eastern joined the Eastern Counties League, competing with Peterborough, Hemel Hempstead, Cambridge Tigers and St Ives. Felixstowe won the League with seven wins out of eight. During the 1994 – ’95 season the club successfully introduced Mini – Rugby to the area through the Puma Little League. Ipswich Rhinos Due to the wide catchment area of players’ homes the Club moved to the County Town of Ipswich in time for the 1995 – ’96 season and were successfully elected to the London League. The Club based itself at Ipswich RUFC, a club of 125 years standing where Felixstowe Eastern became Ipswich Rhinos Rugby League Football Club. In addition to fixtures in the London League Division 2 (North East), the Rhinos also entertained Uxbridge Blues, United Services, 7RHA (PARAS), Metropolitan Police, Blackpool Scorpions, Cambridge University and the London Broncos Alliance Teams. The Rhinos continued to entertain Cambridge University, the week before the Varsity Match. The Club has also supported the annual Evening Star Newspaper Christmas Appeal, by staging a Special Challenge Match. Having won the London League Division 2 (NE) title during the 1995 – ’96 season, losing only two matches, the Rhinos were duly promoted to Division 1 of the London League for the 1996 – ’97 season. The summer of 1997 saw the birth of the Southern Conference League, which the Rhinos also competed in, and committed themselves to. With no formal winter games to play the Club take on friendly fixtures during these months. In 1998 the Southern Conference League became the Rugby League Conference. Ipswich Rhinos finished fifth out of a total of 15 teams. In 1999 Ipswich Rhinos won the Eastern division of the Conference and progressed to the play-off stages but were beaten by Oxford in the quarter finals. In 2000, Ipswich finished in fourth place in the Eastern Division. Ipswich regained the Eastern Division title in 2001, remaining unbeaten against Eastern clubs. The Rhinos went out at the play off Quarter finals stage to Crawley. In 2002 Ipswich finished third overall in the Eastern division, having won the league twice in the previous three years. Ipswich were also the only side in England to lower the colours of Coventry Bears with a 22-14 home win in June 2002. The end of season play-offs, which have always stretched the Rhinos in the past, saw two wins over Champions Luton and an away win at St Albans with a defeat at home to Coventry and a walk-over in the return match with the eventual National Champions. Year of successes 2003 was the most successful year in the club’s history. Some outstanding performances culminated in a first ever RLC semi-final, To cap a fine year Pete Le Marquand was named as the best Stand-Off in the RLC and was nominated for RLC Player of the year along with Ipswich winger Dave West who was shortlisted for the RLC young player award. Finally Ipswich Rhinos were named RLC Club of the year. Premier Division Ipswich Rhinos were founder members of the new Premier Division south and have continued their success by reaching the end of season play off every season with a number of players obtaining representative honours with the England Lionhearts, the south of England Lionhearts and student representative sides. Peter Le Marquand, Paul Le Marquand, Adan Cook, Brendan Cook and Richard Pollard from the 2010 squad have all played for The England Lionhearts. Peter Smith obtained Scottish Students honours. Eastern Rhinos In 2010 the club changed their name to the Eastern Rhinos to consolidate the club’s second team and youth teams under one name and moved their home base to Colchester. The target has to be to develop youth Rugby League both in the Community and in local schools. The Rhinos are the only team to have competed in every season of the southern premier league – now named the London Premier League and are also the only team to have made the play offs every year. The closest they have come to being champions is runner up – the last of these in 2015 losing the grand final to London Chargers. The Rhinos run a primary and junior set up that began in 2008. Since inception the club has had numerous London origin representatives, the club were 2018 London Junior League Champions. The last 2 rhinos first grade captains have come through the junior set up and there have been a number of young Rhinos contracted with London Broncos Academy – currently Rob Oakley is playing for the Academy U19s. HAMMERSMITH HILLS HOISTS The Hills Hoists were established at the end of 2008 by Australian ex-pats living in London. The West London area of Hammersmith, Acton and Shepherds Bush lacked a Rugby League team but possessed many potential players and this prompted the creation of the Hills Hoists. Since the clubs founding the Hoists have grown and are proud to have had players from over 16 countries wear the clubs colours and welcome all potential new players from first timers, to former NRL and representative players. Tomoorow we will look at four teams two from the West in North Herts Crusaders and Bedford Tigers and from the East Cardiff Dragons and Torfaen Tigers. View the full article
  4. London’s Broncos Head Coach is lacing up his running shoes to take part in his biggest running challenge to date. Danny Ward has signed up to run the 2019 Surrey Half Marathon for charity, Harrison’s Fund. The charity was set up in 2012 and funds research into Duchenne – a rare genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. Harrison’s Fund’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne. The charity is currently funding 16 research projects in the US and the UK. Danny, said: “My kids go to the same school as Harrison and his brother William, so we have known the family for quite a few years now. Harrison is such a cool young man and him and his family are truly inspirational. It’s impossible to imagine what it like living with Duchenne and what the family have to go through day to day. I just want to help out anyway I can. I have seen Alex go through his marathons and Greatest Ironman Challenge and that inspired me hugely. My wife, Lyndsey, has also run the half marathon for Harrison’s Fund as well, so now it’s my turn.” “I normally train a few times a week in the gym but the most I’ve ever run is four miles so this distance will be quite the challenge for me!” The Surrey Half Marathon is on Sunday the 10th March and is set in the glorious countryside surrounding Woking and Guildford. It follows a fully-closed and professionally marked and measured route out from Woking town into the rural delights of the nearby quaint villages. This picturesque race is made even more enjoyable by live music and communities of local supporters and it recently won a third gold award from the British Association of road races for outstanding race management. Laura Morgan, events fundraiser at Harrison’s Fund said: “It’s great to have Danny join ‘Harrison’s Racing Team’ – this year is our biggest group to date so there will be fantastic amount of camaraderie on the day and I’m sure Danny will do us all proud. We still have a few places left, so if you are a keen runner or just fancy a new challenge for 2019, please do get in touch.” Danny is hoping to raise £500 for the charity. To sponsor him please visit https://surreyhalf2019.everydayhero.com/uk/danny-ward-surrey-half-marathon-harrison-s-fund View the full article
  5. A 68-player National Performance Squad has been selected by England Youth Head Coach Danny Wilson and assistants Mark Applegarth and Anthony Atherton for the 2019 season. The selection includes representatives from 13 clubs across Betfred Super League, Championship and League 1. Leeds Rhinos, St Helens and Wigan Warriors lead the way with eight players selected from each club, whilst Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers have seven. Huddersfield Giants have six representatives included, London Broncos and the City of Hull Academy have five and Wakefield Trinity have four. Betfred Championship outfits Bradford Bulls and Widnes Vikings have four and three representatives respectively. The only Betfred League 1 side with inclusions in the squad is Newcastle Thunder who have three players selected. England Youth will play a number of International Test matches later this year which will be confirmed in due course. National Youth Performance Squad in full: Adam Rusling Castleford Tigers Ajahni Wallace Leeds Rhinos Alex Dickens City of Hull Alex Sutton Wigan Warriors Andrew Stewart Leeds Rhinos Archie Fletcher Castleford Tigers Bailey Hodgson Castleford Tigers Bailey Dawson City of Hull Ben Killan Huddersfield Giants Billy Cannon Wigan Warriors Bryn Bradley London Broncos Caelum Jordan Castleford Tigers Cain Robb Castleford Tigers Chris Grint London Broncos Coby Nichol Leeds Rhinos Daniel Ganson St Helens Daniel Moss St Helens ElliotShaw Newcastle Thunder Elliot Wood Wakefield Trinity Ellis Keppel St Helens Ethan Bradbury Warrington Wolves Femi Sanya London Broncos Fenton Rogers Huddersfield Giants George Collins Huddersfield Giants Henry Bowler Newcastle Thunder Howard Hackett Warrington Wolves Isaac Shaw Wakefield Trinity Jack Howorth London Broncos Jack Taylor Wigan Warriors Jacob Beety Bradford Bulls Jacob Hookem City of Hull Jacob Farrimond Warrington Wolves Jake Judson Bradford Bulls Jake Anderson Newcastle Thunder James Murray Widnes Vikings Jayden Field Castleford Tigers Jimmy Ferguson Wakefield Trinity Joe Gibbons Leeds Rhinos Joe Woods St Helens Joe Charnock Wigan Warriors Joel Speed City of Hull Jonathan Bennison Widnes Vikings Josh Thornton Castleford Tiger Kavan Rothwell Wigan Warriors Kieran Rush Huddersfield Giants Kieran Rennox Warrington Wolves Leon Stewart City of Hull Lewis Camden Bradford Bulls Logan Astley Wigan Warriors Luca Atkinson Leeds Rhinos Luke Broadbent Warrington Wolves Matty Nicholson Wigan Warriors Max Hindle Huddersfield Giants Max Allen London Broncos Oliver Field Leeds Rhinos Owen Blackwood St Helens Owen Fisher Wigan Warriors Pat O’Donavan Wakefield Trinity Reece Sumner St Helens Rio-Osayonwambo Corkill St Helens Ryan Barnes Widnes Vikings Sam Little Leeds Rhinos Taylor Mail Bradford Bulls Taylor Pemberton St Helens Toby Hughes Warrington Wolves Tom Nicholson-Wattern Leeds Rhinos Tom Whitehead Warrington Wolves Will Pryce Huddersfield Giants View the full article
  6. Broncos News

    Southern Conference League Day 2

    The new Southern Conference League will be launched at halftime during the Super League game between London Broncos and Castleford Tigers on Saturday 23rd February. We continue today to look at some of the teams that will partake in the this new RFL divisional league. SOUTH LONDON SILVERBACKS Founded in 2015, the Silverbacks spent 18 months planning their assault on rugby league in London. The first hurdle was to find a ground in which to play. The club is situated in the London Borough of Bromley on the South London/Kent borders. The Silverbacks patience paid off and when they launched in 2017 they were fired up when 47 players turned out for the first training session and the club has continued to grow ever since with 140+ players on their club register currently. In their first season in 2017 they finished South London Rugby League Championship runners up, and in 2018 they had won the league, however, lost the grand final for the league cup. Currently, the Silverbacks have the largest Masters team in London who this year will be traveling over to Canada in the first ever Masters game against the newly formed Toronto Wolfpack Masters. The club is keen to grow the game in South London and will be presenting junior rugby league and women’s rugby league from 2019. Training is every Wednesday night starting at 7pm and is open to all levels, then after every training session a team BBQ after every training session. For more information visit us at www.slsilverbacks.com LONDON CHARGERS London Chargers are based on Clapham Common and play their home games at Old Blues Rugby club in Motspur Park. They have partnered with junior club Rutlish Raiders (at Old Ruts RFC) to help the local community game grow and create a player pathway for the junior side. On 17th January 2013, members from South London Storm and West London Sharks came together to found the South West London Chargers. The Chargers went on to win the league and the Harry Jepson three years in a row – an unprecedented feat. They then rebranded to London Chargers RL and went up to the Conference League South to win that in 2016. Chargers have always run two teams and their first team have made the Grand Final every year since inception. They have also played 9 games in the Challenge Cup over the last 6 years. In 2019 London Chargers 1st grade will compete in the Eastern Division of the Southern Conference League. Their 2nd team London Chargers A will compete in the London Premier League. More tomorrow as we look at Hammersmith Hills Hoists and Eastern Rhinos View the full article
  7. Broncos News

    SCL to launch at Broncos game

    This Saturday will see the launch of the new RFL Southern Conference League at halftime of the London Broncos home fixture versus Castleford Tigers. The Conference will be split into two divisions, East & West and will feature many teams who have worked closely with the London Broncos. Each day leading up to the launch we will be looking at two of the clubs in the Eastern Conference which contains many of the clubs in London and the South East. BRIXTON BULLS Brixton Bulls RLFC was established in 2004 as a junior club, and has since grown to run two men’s teams, a women’s team and junior teams at under-7s, under-9s, under-11s and under-12s. As the only rugby club in the London Borough of Lambeth, the Bulls have a proud history of delivering sporting opportunities for the local community, and are committed to providing an open and inclusive environment for young people and adults to play competitive sport. During 2018, the men’s first grade won the London Championship for the second year running, whilst the academy team continued to provide opportunities for younger and less experienced players to enjoy the game. The club also launched its first ever women’s team, and continued to operate year-round junior training for children aged 4-12, to develop players whose first-choice sport is rugby league. In 2019 the men’s first grade will step up to the newly formed Southern Conference League, whilst the academy team will play in the London Premier division. The club plans to further grow its junior section by expanding its Primary Rugby League programme to local schools and community centres, and also hopes to expand its offer for female players. WESTS WARRIORS Wests Warriors established in 2014 and based out of West London in Acton. The club has grown from strength to strength over the past 5 seasons with playing numbers increasing yearly. Majority of the squad are expat Kiwis and Aussies but the clubs success has attracted players from many different cultures and ethnicity. Our goal is to help grow rugby league in London and establish ourselves as one of London’s premier rugby league clubs. 2018 Budapest 9s Champions 2018 London 9s Champions 2018 London Premier League Finalists 2018 Bernadette Lloyd Memorial Cup Winners 2017 Challenge Cup Round 3 2017 London Premier League Finalists 2017 London Merit League Finalists 2017 Bernadette Lloyd Memorial Cup Winners 2017 Budapest 9s Champions 2016 Budapest 9s Champions 2016 Rotterdam 9s Champions 2016 London Premier League Champions 2016 London Premier League Minor Premiers 2016 Harry Jepson Winners 2014 London Merit League Winners 2014 London Challenge Cup Winners More on Wednesday as we look at South London Silverbacks and London Chargers View the full article
  8. Broncos News

    Broncos left wondering.

    London Broncos were left wondering what might have been as they went down by 22 points to 12 at the hands of Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday 17th February. The Capital side were looking to bounce back from the defeat at Salford Red Devils and right the wrongs from the previous week. Head Coach Danny Ward again named an unchanged squad for the trip but he would not have been happy with the start as his charges found themselves four points down within three minutes as Kane Linnett out muscled James Cunningham to go over. The Hull born London halfback, who was making his 100th appearance for the Broncos, did make amends with a lovely pass that set Matty Gee free through the line and over for the Broncos first try. Dixon converted and the Broncos led. The half continued and Broncos looked to be gaining the upper hand with a great 40:20 from Fozard but the ball was knocked on as the try looked a certainty. Good runs from Yates, Battye and Dixon all deserved a Try as the result but the ball just would not stick for the visitors and what could have been a commanding halftime lead was only two points as the hooter sounded. The second half started the way of the first and following a knock on in their first set the hosts were firstly held up over the line but good hands from the East Yorkshire saw Mitch Garbutt over for his first of two tries on the day. Former Broncos man, Josh Drinkwater added the extras and the hosts led 10 – 6. Within four minutes Hull Kingston Rovers had pulled further ahead with a try and conversion from Craig Hall following an offload from the visitors that led to another knock on. Garbutt’s second was the result of too many missed tackles from the visitors and the big man went over touching down next to the posts. Hall again converted and the gap had widened to 16 points. Fifty seven minutes in a rush of blood from Eloi Pelissier saw the Frenchman chase a kick and miss time his challenge resulting in a Yellow card leaving the Broncos with 12 men for a ten minute spell. The former Catalans man returned with no further damage done to the score line and when he dabbed a little kick through Will Lovell looked to have scored only for it to be chalked off for a knock on. On 72 minutes the Broncos finally got back on the scoresheet as a lovely kick through from Jordan Abdull was chased and touched down by Captain Jay Pitts. Dixon stepped up and converted what would be his 100th goal for the club to narrow the gap but the damage had already been done and on the hooter the Broncos had let another one slip from their grasp. Danny Ward said, ” We played well in the first half. I thought we could have capitalised on a few of the chances we had and maybe gone in at halftime with another try on the board. We talked about being smart, at halftime and the came out and dropped the ball in our first set. There are too many mistakes happening and we need to be smarter.” London now move back home for the visit of Castleford Tigers on Saturday February 23rd Kick Off 5.15pm. HULL KR: Dagger, Crooks, J. Keinhorst, Vaivai, Hall, McGuire, Drinkwater, Mulhern, Lawler, Masoe, Linnett, Hauraki, Greenwood. INTERCHANGE: Lee, Garbutt, Lannon, Atkin. TRIES:- Tries: Linnett, Garbutt 2, Hall GOALS: Drinkwater 1/2, Hall 2/2 LONDON BRONCOS: Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Cunningham, Mason, Fozard, Richards, Pitts, Gee, Yates. INTERCHANGE: Pelissier, Ioane, Battye, Lovell. TRIES :- Gee, Pitts GOALS:- Dixon 2/2 View the full article
  9. Broncos News

    Broncos on the road again

    London Broncos, again, face another tough away trip as they travel to the KCOM Craven Park Stadium to face Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday 17th February at 3pm. Last time out the Capital side travelled to Salford to face a confident Red Devils side and came away with nothing to show for their immense defensive efforts. The side will want to bounce back this weekend and show Super League that they mean business in this their first season back since 2014. Two milestones that could be reached this weekend are James Cunningham who, if selected, will make his 100th appearance in a Broncos shirt and Kieran Dixon is two goals away from a century for the club too. Head Coach, Danny Ward, has the luxury of naming the same 19 man squad for the trip and told us, “The boys defended like trojans last week but we have to learn from these games, whether it be in victory or defeat, and take that into the next one. The boys have trained hard this week and gave me some selection headaches which is a positive seeing how hungry certain players are to play.” The London Broncos 19 man squad to face Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday 17th February:- 6 – Jordan Abdull 13 – Sadiq Adebiyi 8 – Eddie Battye 7 – James Cunningham 5 – Kieran Dixon 17 – Matt Fleming 14 – Matty Fozard 16 – Matt Gee 10 – Mark Ioane 4 – Elliot Kear 11 – Will Lovell 18 – Nathan Mason 19 – Ryan Morgan 9 – Eloi Pelissier 12 – Jay Pitts 15 – Greg Richards 1 – Alex Walker 2 – Rhys Williams 20 – Luke Yates View the full article
  10. Broncos News

    The Interview – Jordan Abdull

    When Jordan Abdull signed for London in the off season little did he know how many things would change in his life in a very short space of time. We caught up with the former Hull FC man. It’s been three or four months now since you moved to the Capital how are you finding it? I’m really enjoying life down here to be fair. My family have moved down here too now so we are a unit again which is nice. I am loving being here and obviously just looking forward to the season starting now as well as having the opportunity to show my new son around London too. You say your new son and Congratulations on behalf of all of us here at the club. Tell us a little bit about the addition to the family. I don’t actually do that much to be honest as my partner does everything for him. It’s a brand new chapter in my life now and I can’t explain the love I have for him already and even though we haven’t said a word to each other I know everything about him. It’s really exciting for me now and hopefully I can give him the best life that he could wish for. Can you tell us about when he was born? It was Christmas Day!! So when everyone was tucking into their big lunches I was at the hospital searching for a sandwich from the vending machines! So yes, he was a Christmas Day baby which was something we hadn’t expected and as he was nine days early it kind of threw a spanner in the works. I wouldn’t change for anything though as Christmas was always a special day for me and my family and now it just became even more special. You said your family are here now so partner Amy has moved down with you. Are you helping with the little one? I’m doing the best I can to be honest. We have made an agreement so that when I have a day off I will try and take over as much as I can and obviously when I am training she does it all herself so the least I can do is try and do as much as possible when I can. Luckily she is very stubborn and likes to do it all herself no only joking!! Amy is a great Mum already and she is fantastic where the baby is concerned. Is your son to be raised as a Northerner or a true Londoner now that you are here? (Laughs) That depends on how long I’m here!! If I stay here another couple of years then yes he probably will be a Londoner. Maybe he will develop some of that southern twang to take back north which would be quite cool. I will say that I want him to be able to come to a game and be proud of me and what I do. I just want him to learn manners and morals from the sport that we play along with the togetherness and teamwork that London can teach him too. Have the Grandparents had a chance to get involved yet? Amy’s side of the family have been down a few days after he was born to help unpack and sort stuff out which was great. My Mum is actually coming down for the first game which is lovely as I haven’t seen her since Boxing Day. She is staying for a week so I’m excited for her to be able to spend some time with us. She is so looking forward to seeing her grandson and on Sunday she will get to see her son play in Super League with her grandson in her arms. Not a bad Sunday for her at all. Sunday against Wakefield was the first time you have played in the Super League for anyone other than Hull FC. How did you feel? This is a new challenge for me and that’s why I signed. I want to be the first name on the team sheet every week and show the fans exactly what I can do. It was fantastic to face Wakefield and be a part of something special here in the Capital. The team spirit and togetherness that this group of lads has is unbelievable and I have never felt this close to my team mates before. I really hope we can upset some more people this year and keep the smiles from the 2018 season going. View the full article
  11. Broncos News

    A tough day for Broncos

    London Broncos fell to their first Super League defeat of the season on Sunday 10th of February at the hands of a resurgent Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium. The Capital side arrived with the memory of their opening day win over Wakefield Trinity fresh in their minds and were looking to extend their winning run that stretched back to September and their previous win over the Salford side in the 11-8 win at Trailfinders. The first half became a battle within the first twenty minutes with neither side prepared to give way. It was a real arm-wrestle with both sets of forwards testing each other to the max. Salford edged the possession but a fantastic display of defending from the visitors kept the early season form side to a solitary try scored by Ken Sio following a looped offload from Jones. The Broncos continued throughout the first half to impress with their defence but attacking chances were coming few and far between. and within two minutes of the restart Salford had extended their lead when a kick from Evalds ricocheted back off the post protector and into the arms of Jackson Hastings for the try under the posts. London continued to apply pressure to the Salford line, but the home side were resolute in defence and when a penalty was given against Pelissier in front of the post Hastings took the two points on offer to extend the lead. With ten minutes remaining, Evalds found an opening in the Broncos defence and jinked his way through for another Salford try. Hastings , who did not miss a kick all afternoon added the extras. Salford were reduced to twelve men with five minutes to play as Lee Mossop was sent to the sin-bin for an off the ball incident with new signing Greg Richards. London, however could not capitalise on the man advantage and when Jones went over in the last minute the game was done the two points stayed in Salford. Head Coach Danny Ward said, ” Credit to Salford in that first half as they had some great goal line D. They were outstanding in completing their sets forcing us over the line and holding us out and I think that may have sapped us a little bit. To go in only six down at half time we gave the boys a big rap for that but we are disappointed on the whole.” The Capital side now move onto another away game next week at the KCom Craven Park Stadium and Hull Kingston Rovers. Salford Red Devils: Evalds, Olpherts, Welham, Sa’u, Sio; Lui, Hastings; Mossop, Lussick, Dudson, Jones, Turgut, Flanagan. Interchanges: Burke, Nakubuwai, Griffin, Tomkins. (All Used) London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams; Abdull, Cunningham; Mason, Fozard, Richards, Pitts, Gee, Yates. Interchanges: Battye, Ioane, Lovell, Pelissier. (All Used) Salford Tries: Sio (20’), Hastings (42’), Evalds (70’), Jones (79’) Salford Goals: Hastings (21’, 43’, 55’, 71’ London Tries: N/A. London Goals: N/A. Salford sin-bin: Mossop (75′) Referee: James Child. Attendance: 3236. View the full article
  12. London Broncos face their first away trip of the fledgling season as they make the journey up to Salford and the AJ Bell stadium to face the Salford Red Devils. It wasn’t long ago that both sides were fighting it out in the Super 8’s qualifiers with both teams successfully making it to Super League for 2019 but both sides will playing harder than ever with precious league points at stake. The Broncos have a good recent record against the Red Devils and will be looking to extend their run over the northern side. Head Coach Danny Ward said, “Everyone has been back in working hard and focussed on our next job this weekend. Salford are a well coached side and got a very good win last week. It’s our 1st away game, a big challenge, but one we are really looking forward to.” The 19man Squad to face Salford Red Devils on Feb 10th Kick off 3pm 6 – Jordan Abdull 13 – Sadiq Adebiyi 8 – Eddie Battye 7 – James Cunningham 5 – Kieran Dixon 17 – Matt Fleming 14 – Matty Fozard 16 – Matt Gee 10 – Mark Ioane 4 – Elliot Kear 11 – Will Lovell 18 – Nathan Mason 19 – Ryan Morgan 9 – Eloi Pelissier 12 – Jay Pitts 15 – Greg Richards 1 – Alex Walker 2 – Rhys Williams 20 – Luke Yates Coach Travel is still available as we face Hull Kingston Rovers away on February 17th Buy Now:- https://londonbroncosrl.com/match-day-ticket-sales/ View the full article
  13. Broncos News

    Broncos look to the future

    London Broncos are delighted to announce the signing of two London Academy players for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Rian Horsman and Oli Leyland have signed first team contracts for the next two years. Whilst this is not for this season, as they are already on part time contracts, they will still technically be Under 19s when the first year of this full time professional contract kicks in. Both players have impressed in the Academy programme and Danny Ward was eager to get them both to put pen to paper. “Rian and Oli are two exciting young half backs”, he told us. “We are pleased that they have committed to signing for two more seasons. They are good kids who have worked hard and impressed in their 1st year. They will be promoted to the 1st team squad next year and we are looking forward to working with them and we believe the early exposure to the 1st team full time environment will only help with their future development”. Rian Horsman, originally from the Brentwood Eels club said, “This opportunity is a dream come true. I’ve supported the club from a very young age so being able to say that I am a part of the first team is a real honour. I would like to thank my Dad for coaching me from the age of eight at Brentwood and also my Mum. She gave me all the support in the world and for that I will always be truly thankful. I would also like to thank all the staff at Broncos for their advice and guidance and I look forward now to the challenge ahead.” Oli Leyland started at Medway Dragons and told us,” Its an absolute honour to have signed for the Broncos first team. London is where I am from and where I want to repay the clubs faith in me. I want to thank my parents as without them I would not have been able to make the journey that I have. I also have to say a big thanks to Academy Head Coach, Huw Goodwin, who has helped me develop over three years as a player on the pitch and a person off it and to Rob Faux who got me started in Rugby League.” Rob Powell, Head of Youth Development at Broncos told us, “‘This is great news. On one hand I am really pleased for the boys having both played community rugby league for so long and progressed through our ranks. They have worked hard along the way and have had great support from their families. On the other hand it’s fantastic that the club continues to show faith in the junior players offering first team contracts so early for the boys especially given the promotion to Super League. They have a long way to go but I look forward to seeing them in their development and transition to first team squad members.” Chairman David Hughes said, “I yet again find myself congratulating young London Talent. I have been watching these two lads in their Academy games and am delighted that we have managed to secure them for the 2020 season to the first team. Our Academy here never ceases to amaze me with the level of players coming through here in the south of the country.” View the full article
  14. Broncos News

    Back in Super League with a bang

    London Broncos returned to the BetFred Super League with a very large bang on Sunday 3rd February. Seen as the perennial underdogs the Broncos ripped up the script, as they did last season, to record a win in week one of the season over a very good Wakefield Trinity side, at Trailfinders, by 42 points to 24. The home crowd would have been forgiven in thinking it wasn’t to be in the first 10 minutes as Wakefield came out of the traps at pace and scored twice through Kopczak and Hampshire respectively. Danny Brough converted both and the Broncos faced an uphill task. Then on 19 minutes the Broncos hit back with their first Super League try in five years as Matty Fleming touched down and Jordan Abdull converted to make it 6 – 12. Wakefield however kept on going and within two minutes extended the lead to 6 – 18 as Miller went over and Brough again converted. With 24 minutes gone the Broncos sparked into life and when the halftime hooter sounded tries from Rhys Williams, Kieran Dixon, Eddie Battye and Matty Fozard had turned the game on its head and saw the home side lead 26 – 18 with Abdull missing two conversions and Dixon converting two. The teams came back out and it started very much as the first half had started with London defending well and keeping the visitors out until the 54th minute when Wood went over for the try and Brough again converted. The Broncos pushed on undeterred and on 58 minutes Rhys Williams was again over for the try and as Dixon missed the conversion the difference was one converted try. From there the Broncos again took control as Eddie Battye scored a second try and straight after Danny Brough received a Yellow card for dissent , Elliot Kear finished off a great attacking move from the home side. As the hooter sounded London Broncos had run out comfortable winners against a very strong established Super League side in Wakefield Trinity and end the weekend third in the BetFred Super League table! The Broncos now move onto two consecutive away games at Salford Red Devils and then Hull Kingston Rovers hoping to build on a fantastic start to 2019. LONDON BRONCOS:- WALKER, DIXON, FLEMING, KEAR, WILLIAMS, ABDULL, CUNNINGHAM, RICHARDS, FOZARD, MASON, PITTS, GEE, YATES. INTERCHANGE:- BATTYE, LOVELL, IOANE, PELISSIER TRIES :- FLEMING, WILLIAMS (2), DIXON, BATTYE (2), FOZARD, KEAR GOALS :- ABDULL 1/3, 4/5 WAKEFIELD TRINITY :- HAMPSHIRE, JONES-BISHOP, LYNE, TUPOU, JOHNSTONE, MILLER, BROUGH, ARONA, RANDELL, KOPCZAK, ASHURST, BATCHELOR, KING INTERCHANGE:- CROWTHER, ENGLAND, WOOD, FIFITA TRIES:- KOPCZAK, HAMPSHIRE, MILLER, WOOD GOALS:- BROUGH 4/4 REFEREE :- T.GRANT ATTENDANCE :- 2149 View the full article
  15. With the success of London Broncos and their promotion to the BetFred Super League the club are eager to continue their work with schools and community rugby league clubs throughout London and the South East. This was evident on Thursday 31st January as the RFL held the Year 7 London and South East Year 7 Boys Champion Schools Regional Final at Trailfinders Sports Club. Howard of Effingham school and Grey Court School, both from Surrey, fought out the game, in the cold conditions, under the watchful eye of Eddie Battye, Rhys Williams, James Cunningham and Head Coach Danny Ward. With some great young talent on display Grey Court ran out winners by 22 points to 12 to lift the title. Both teams will now move on to the national rounds of the competition. RFL Development Officer, Steve Guan said, “The Broncos have been fantastic regarding their support for this game and for the schools involved. I’m hoping that both schools can get a good attendance at the game against Castleford on the 23rd Feb with the complimentary tickets the club gave the schools and their staff.” Broncos Head Coach, Danny Ward, told us, “It was a great afternoon Thursday, 2 schools playing in the Southern Schools Year 7 RL Final at our home ground with Broncos in attendance presenting the trophies and medals. All the kids had a great time playing on the main field and meeting the Broncos boys. We all really enjoyed the game and it was great to see the young blokes getting stuck into rugby league.” Everyone at London Broncos wishes both sides the very best of luck as they move forward in the competition. View the full article
  16. Broncos News

    Super League Arrives in London

    London Broncos Head Coach, Danny Ward, has named his 19 man squad to face Wakefield Trinity at Trailfinders Sports Club on Sunday 3rd February at 3pm. The Broncos will take part in the BetFred Super League for the first time, on Sunday, since the 2014 season and the squad are excited to get the season underway now. The Squad includes new signings Luke Yates, Ryan Morgan, Nathan Mason, Greg Richards & Matty Fozard as the Broncos try to get off to a winning start. The 19 man squad to face Wakefield Trinity. Jordan Abdull Sadiq Adebiyi Eddie Battye James Cunningham Kieran Dixon Matt Fleming Matty Fozard Matt Gee Mark Ioane Elliot Kear Will Lovell Nathan Mason Ryan Morgan Eloi Pelissier Jay Pitts Greg Richards Alex Walker Rhys Williams Luke Yates View the full article
  17. London Broncos rounded off their pre-season friendlies with a hard fought win over Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 27th January winning by 20 points to 0. Head Coach Danny Ward took his men north to try to continue where they had left off in the 64-6 win over Doncaster RLFC only seven days before. The plight of Leigh Centurions had been well documented over the past few months but new Head Coach, John Duffy, had put together a very strong squad capturing the signings of Ridyard, Bracek, Thornley and Spencer to name but a few. The first half was an arm wrestle from start to finish with both sides being put on team warnings by Referee Hicks with both Batchelor, for Leigh, and Richards for London seeing yellow within the first 30 minutes. The deadlock was finally broken when Jordan Abdull hung a kick high in the swirling wind and as the ball bounced it was James Cunningham who chased the hardest and touch down for the try. Abdull converted and at the halftime hooter the single score was the difference. The second half started almost in the same way as the first but London started to exert pressure and within a minute of coming on Sadiq Adebiyi took a pass from Fozard at dummy half and had crashed over for his second try in as many games. Six minutes later more good play from London saw a great ball from Cunningham taken by the on rushing Yates who scored his first try for the club. Leigh did not, at any point, lie down and but for tremendous defence from Fleming, Dixon and Morgan could well have narrowed the gap but it was the visitors who kept at the task and on 73 minutes the ball was moved along the line to Rhys Williams to score in the corner the Capital sides fourth try of the day. Danny Ward will take heart from the display away from home as the Broncos now move onto the visit of Wakefield Trinity in their first Super League match since 2014. Ward said, ” We are buzzing to be back in Super League this year as we worked hard to get there and look forward to getting started now. The new boys are great blokes and players too and have fitted in really well. It was great to come away to a tough place like this and get the win today.” Tickets are still available for the game with Wakefield Trinity so get yours now :- https://londonbroncosrl.com/match-day-ticket-sales/ Leigh Centurions:- Gregg McNally; Jonny Pownall, Matt Costello, Iain Thornley, Stefan Marsh; Martyn Ridyard, Josh Woods; Tom Spencer, Micky Higham, Sam Brooks, Toby Adamson, Andy Thornley, Luke Adamson. Interchange: Oliver Russell, Joe Cator, Andy Bracek, Nick Gregson, Dec O’Donnell, Mitch Cox, Ben Sims, Joe Batchelor, Louis Brogan, Josh Eaves. Yellow Cards :- Batchelor, Eaves London Broncos:- 17-Matt Fleming, 5-Kieran Dixon, 19-Ryan Morgan, 4-Elliot Kear, 2-Rhys Williams, 6-Jordan Abdull, 7-James Cunningham, 18-Nathan Mason, 9-Eloi Pelissier, 15-Greg Richards, 12-Jay Pitts, 16-Matt Gee, 20-Luke Yates. Interchange: 8-Eddie Battye, 10-Mark Ioane, 14-Matty Fozard, 11-Will Lovell, 28-Morgan Smith, 13-Sadiq Adebiyi. Yellow Card :- Richards Tries: Cunningham (35), Adebiyi (49), Yates (55), Williams (73). Goals: Abdull 1/ 1, Dixon 1/ 3. View the full article
  18. London Broncos Head Coach, Danny Ward, has named his final pre-season friendly squad to face Championship Leigh centurions on Sunday January 27th at 3pm at the Leigh Sports Village. Following a convincing win last week against Doncaster RLFC Ward will be looking to continue where the squad left off last week and keep the winning mentality within the side. Leigh will also be looking to get valuable metres into their legs, with their first pre-season match, as they look to re-build with a predominantly new squad to the one that played in the 2018 Championship season. The London Broncos Squad to face Leigh Centurions:- 6 – JORDAN ABDULL 13- SADIQ ADEBIYI 8 – EDDIE BATTYE 07- JAMES CUNNINGHAM 5 – KIERAN DIXON 17 – MATT FLEMING 14 – MATTY FOZARD 16 – MATT GEE 10 – MARK IOANE 04 – ELLIOTT KEAR 11 – WILL LOVELL 18 – NATHAN MASON 19 – RYAN MORGAN 09 – ELOI PELISSIER 12 – JAY PITTS 15 – GREG RICHARDS 28 – MORGAN SMITH 02 – RHYS WILLIAMS 20 – LUKE YATES View the full article
  19. The Rugby Football League have agreed an historic commercial partnership with Coral to include both the men’s and women’s Challenge Cups in a two-year, seven-figure deal. The two competitions will come together when the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final shares the stage with the men’s semi finals in a triple header at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday July 27. The men’s Coral Challenge Cup Final will be held at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24. “This is a really significant day both for the Challenge Cup, and for women’s Rugby League,” said Ralph Rimmer, the RFL chief executive. “The men’s Challenge Cup is one of the iconic competitions and trophies of British sport, with more than 120 years of history, and the famous Wembley final televised live to the nation and the world by the BBC. “The Women’s Challenge Cup may not have that history, but Coral’s enthusiasm for it to be part of a joint sponsorship deal confirms our determination that it is set for a really exciting future. “With Coral’s name now linked to both the men’s and women’s Challenge Cups, it’s equally exciting to be able to extend the double header for the men’s semi finals that proved such a big hit last year, and now incorporate the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final. “The University of Bolton Stadium proved a popular venue for the sold-out double header last summer, so we’re delighted to be going back for a triple header in 2019. “We are confident that thousands of the supporters of the teams who reach the semi finals of the men’s Coral Challenge Cup will also take the opportunity to watch the outstanding spectacle provided by our best women’s teams – and that will ensure their skills and athleticism are seen by the record audience they deserve.” Adrian Osman, the Head of Sponsorship and Events at Coral, said: “The Rugby League Challenge Cup and the final at Wembley are flagship events in British sport, and we are delighted that Coral’s name will now be associated with them in this significant deal. In addition, the opportunity to get involved with women’s sport and the development of women’s Rugby League as the first title sponsors of the Women’s Challenge Cup is hugely exciting for us – and combining the final with the semi finals of the Coral Challenge Cup should produce another great event. We’re really looking forward to seeing the two competitions unfold through the spring and summer.” Leeds Rhinos are the Women’s Challenge Cup holders, having beaten Castleford Tigers in a classic final at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium last summer. The RFL also confirmed today that the 2018 Wembley winners Catalans Dragons will defend the Coral Challenge Cup, after reaching an agreement with the French club to end recent uncertainty about their participation. They will enter the competition at the Sixth Round stage in May, having finished in the top eight of the Super League in 2018. The teams who finished in the bottom four will enter in the Fifth Round in April. The Road to Wembley begins this weekend, with 52 community clubs competing in First-Round ties from Portsmouth to Wallsend, and featuring Sunday’s meeting on the Cumbrian coast between the oldest amateur club in the country, Millom, and the Challenge Cup newcomers Red Star Belgrade – which will be streamed live on the BBC Sport online platforms. The Trans-Pennine battle between Orrell St James and Holmfirth’s Underbank Rangers will be shown live on the RFL’s Our League membership App and Website the previous day. Tickets for the triple header at the University of Bolton on Saturday July 27 go on sale today, and are available here – https://rugbyleague.tickethour.co.uk/seatingPlan.html?idProduct=560. Tickets for the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 24 are available here – https://www.rugby-league.com/tickets/challenge_cup_final Coral Challenge Cup, 2019 First Round Jan 26-27, Second Round Feb 9-10, Third Round March 9-10, Fourth Round March 30-31, Fifth Round April 13-14, Sixth Round May 11-12. Quarter Finals June 1-2. Semi Finals – Saturday July 27, University of Bolton Stadium (triple header, also including Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final) Final – Saturday August 24, Wembley Stadium, 230pm. (Dates for earlier rounds of Coral Women’s Challenge Cup to be confirmed shortly) View the full article
  20. Broncos News

    Broncos start 2019 with a win

    London Broncos started their 2019 campaign with a convincing pre-season friendly win over Doncaster RLFC at the Keepmoat Stadium. In their first competitive outing since gaining promotion to Super League, back in October, the Broncos cleared away any cobwebs by running in 11 tries and 10 conversions against the League One side. The visitors travelled with a squad of 27 players as Danny Ward looked to make use of as many players as possible with the new Super League season only two weeks away and the starting 13 got off to a flying start as within three minutes the ball had gone along the line to Captain Jay Pitts who went over to open the scoring. The game saw six players making their first starts in a Broncos shirt and seven minutes later following a break from Rhys Williams the ball went through hands for on loan debutant,Ryan Morgan, to score his first try for London. Another debutant, in Jordan Abdull, kicked the conversion and did not miss a kick in the first half as the Broncos continued to score. Elliot Kear was on the end of a flowing move on 12 minutes and with further tries on 36 and 39 minutes from James Cunningham and Sadiq Adebiyi respectively the Broncos went into halftime leading by 30 points to nil. Ward rang the changes at halftime and the second half started with Ioane, Lovell, Hindmarsh, Battye, Pelissier and another debutant in Morgan Smith all coming on. Throughout the second half everyone of the 27 who travelled got game time including a debut too for Gideon Boafo. Ten minutes ensued before the Broncos were on the scoresheet again as Matt Fleming broke the line and the move was finished as Kieran Dixon touched down. The winger took over the kicking duties for the second half and continued where Abdull had left off converting five of the six tries scored in the second half. On 56 minutes the Home side gave their fans something to cheer as Chrimes made a break and passed inside to Charlie Graham who touched down. Beharrell converted for the home side but that was the only respite for the Yorkshire club. The Broncos continued to dominate and with tries from Eddie Battye, Will Lovell, Mark Ioane, Eloi Pelissier and a second for Dixon the Broncos ran out winners on the hooter by 64 points to 6. The capital side will now regroup as they face Leigh Centurions on Sunday 27th in their final pre-season friendly. LONDON BRONCOS 1.WALKER, 5. DIXON, 19. MORGAN, 4.KEAR, 2.WILLIAMS, 6.ABDULL, 7. CUNNINGHAM, 15. RICHARDS, 14. FOZARD, 18. MASON, 12. PITTS, 16. GEE, 20. YATES. INTERCHANGE:- (ALL USED) 8. BATTYE, 10. IOANE, 11. LOVELL, 9. PELISSIER, 13. ADEBIYI, 23. BUTLER, 24. OGDEN, 27. BOAFO, 26. DAVIS, 25. DAVIES, 17. FLEMING, 22. MEADOWS, 21. HINDMARSH, 28. SMITH TRIES :- PITTS(3), MORGAN(10), KEAR(12), CUNNINGHAM(34),ADEBIYI(37), DIXON(50,78), BATTYE(60),LOVELL(63),IOANE(67), PELISSIER(70) GOALS :- ABDULL 5/5, DIXON 5/6 DONCASTER RLFC 1.WYNNE, 5. DOHERTY, 19. CHRIMES, 20. BUCHANAN, 24. SANDERSON, 6. HOWDEN, 7. BEHARRELL, 10. BOYLE, 9. KESIK, 17. DOUGLAS, 11. PATTERSON-LUND, 21. DIXON, 22. FOSTER INTERCHANGE :- (ALL USED) 18. WELHAM, 14. SCOTT, 2. OWEN, 23. GREEN, 4. GRAHAM TRIES :- GRAHAM(56) GOALS :- BEHARRELL 1/1 View the full article
  21. Pre-season friendlies for the London Broncos will, this weekend, get underway with a trip to the Keepmoat Stadium and Doncaster RLFC. With the season now only just over two weeks away Head Coach Danny Ward has picked an extended squad to face the League One opponents on Sunday 20th January at 3pm. In a replay of last years pre-season friendly the Broncos will be looking to start as they mean to go on with a win over a tough Doncaster side, as the team from the Capital make their way into their first season in Super League since 2014. The Squad to Face Doncaster Sunday 20th January 3pm. 6-Abdull, 13-Adebiyi, 8-Battye, 27-Boafa, 23-Butler, 7-Cunningham, 25-Davies, 26-Davis, 5-Dixon, 17-Fleming, 14-Fozard, 16-Gee, 21-Hindmarsh, 10-Ioane, 4-Kear, 11-Lovell, 18-Mason, 22-Meadows, 19-Morgan, 9-Pelissier, 12-Pitts, 24-Ogden, 15- Richards, 28- Smith, 1-Walker, 2-Williams, 20-Yates. View the full article
  22. London Broncos Headline Sponsor, Bartercard, have changed their membership criteria and now you too can be a part of the Broncos. Bartercard UK is a B2B Trade Exchange where businesses purchase goods and services utilising their own goods and services, ultimately keeping more cash in the bank! We boast over 55,000 members worldwide and operate in over 9 countries. Bartercard guarantee new customers, assisting you to free up your cash flow whilst offering an interest free line of credit. You sell your excess stock, idle inventory, downtime and spare capacity to Bartercard members in exchange for trade pounds (T£) which is the unique form of currency that can then be spent within the global network of like-minded business owners. You can then spend the T£’s to offset cash expenses freeing up cashflow in the business with the new customers you wouldn’t have previously had. As our Official Trade Exchange Partner Bartercard are offering 3 months free transaction fees to our supporters by putting London Broncos on the application form. Why not a look at their website and find out more about what they do. https://www.bartercard.co.uk/ View the full article
  23. Broncos News

    Broncos on the March

    Wiltshire based Royal Engineers have hosted a team building exercise at Swinton Barracks, Perham Down for the London Broncos Rugby League Team. Soldiers from 22 Engineer Regiment (22RE) have put the Super League players through their paces in a military exercise designed to challenge them both mentally and physically. The 28 squad members swapped their sports kit for combats as they immersed themselves in a three-day pre-season training programme on the edge of Wiltshire’s Salisbury Plain Training Area. Staff Sergeant Mike Thompson, 22RE Rugby League Officer has been instrumental in organising the exercise which focused on military physical training (PT) methods using command tasks and teamwork techniques, weapon handling, survivability plus basic fieldcraft giving the Broncos a condensed look at Army life. He said: “The physical challenges we have set up for them are completely different to what they train for, something they’re not used to doing. As professional sportsmen the Broncos are robust, fit individuals but can they carry 90kgs between six people over a set distance up-hill?” With less than a month before the start of the league Head Coach Danny Ward wanted an intensive training camp that would challenge his squad, he said: “We have a good relationship with the Army, so I approached them and asked them to make it tough, make it uncomfortable, take them out of their comfort zone. Put them into a different environment, give them a bit of adversity to see what happens. “There are a lot of skills that are transferable between the Army and what we do but I think they will find the sleep deprivation the toughest. Everyone gets a bit cranky when they are tired, that is what we want, to see who handles it the best.” “These last few days has been a great opportunity for us and the Regiment to grow an affiliation, we have similar values, we are all a very disciplined tight knit bunch, the culture you create as a club stands you in good stead for the season, its all about the winning culture, work mentality and work ethic.” Despite the overnight temperatures of minus five, the players embraced the ‘soldiering’ by staying out in two-man shelters, cooking 24-hour ration packs, whilst providing guard sentry for a simulated army infiltration. Eddie Battye said of his experience, “I’m pretty tired, we all had a rough night’s sleep, we think pre-season training is hard but what the Army guys do is just another level. When we find it tough and our backs are against the wall we can look back at what we’ve done here these last few days and get through it and get to the other side.” These sentiments were echoed by his fellow team mate, Rob Butler, “Camp has been really good, definitely not an experience I thought I’d have but it has opened up my eyes and given me another perspective of how things are done. The PT was tough, very tough, hats off to all the soldiers who are doing it, respect for everyone doing it in the Army.” View the full article
  24. Broncos News

    Season Open Day

    Many of you are coming to our 2019 Season Open Day on Saturday 12th January so here are the details that you will need as you come and watch the London Broncos train. Time:- Gates Open at 10.30am and training will start at 11 am Training will take place between 11 am and 12.30pm as London Broncos will train with our other London friends from London Skolars. The Main Bar will be open and tea and coffee will also be available. The shop will be inside the CCH and will be open to buy your new 2019 London Broncos items. Danny Ward will be in the CCH with a couple of the players for a Q & A session from 1pm. The 2019 Squad numbers will also be announced. 2019 SEASON TICKETS CAN BE PICKED UP FROM OUR NEW TICKETING MANAGER, KAYLEIGH SMITH. Parking on the day will be free to all on a first come first served basis. View the full article
  25. Broncos News

    New Signing Announcement

    London Broncos is delighted to announce the signing of talented 20 year old half back/hooker, Morgan Smith, from Warrington Wolves. Smith joins the Broncos from The Wire on a one year deal for the 2019 Super League Season. Smith achieved full-time status with Warrington at the start of the 2016 season after many impressive performances with the Under-19s, making his first appearance in May 2016 in a 70-10 Challenge Cup tie win against Oldham. He made 25 appearances, in total, with 11 in 2018, mostly from the bench, as well as playing for Rochdale Hornets on loan and shows great promise for the future. His career to date has also seen him represent the England Academy. Smith told us, “I am very excited, obviously, to be given such a great opportunity. I know that I am a young player but I will be looking to force my way into the team. I had a taste of Super League at Warrington and cant wait to get started now with the boys here in London.” Head Coach Danny Ward commented, “Morgan is an exciting, young, British half back who already brings with him Super League experience. He has come through the system at a top club and we are looking forward to working with him and continuing his development. Broncos Chairman David Hughes said, ” We are very excited about signing Morgan who is an emerging talent with a big future in our game. We look forward to seeing him play here in London and I am sure there are great things to come from this young man.” View the full article