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One of about five articles this past week "bigging up" the work going on with the kids etc, in London and the Bronco's

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One of about five articles this past week "bigging up" the work going on with the kids etc, in London and the Bronco's

And why not? We're constantly bombarded with 'opinion' pieces about the game in London, some even going so far as to suggest only northerners are capable of playing RL. Tell that to the Broncos academy players who gave Leeds a going over at the weekend.

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Which is one of the reasons why I think we'd be better off in the Championship, as more of the kids would have a chance of regular first team rugby.

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Which is one of the reasons why I think we'd be better off in the Championship, as more of the kids would have a chance of regular first team rugby.

That's a very good point, it would allow the young London players a chance to develop a winning culture based on their own effort and ability rather than being bit part players supporting antipodeans.

In their current state London are doing more harm than good!

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, some even going so far as to suggest only northerners are capable of playing RL.

Like who? Brad Fittler?

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Like who? Brad Fittler?

Gary Schofield has said it regularly, and Paul Cullen made similar comments a while back on Sky.

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Which dinosaurs?

 

well, there's no one on here called " Alpha" is there?

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Which is one of the reasons why I think we'd be better off in the Championship, as more of the kids would have a chance of regular first team rugby.

Careful. Wouldn't want folk adding you to the list of the "anti-London brigade".

 

On topic. I agree with you. London have some talented youngsters but the first current team is not a good place for a teenager hoping to make his debut.

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Some of the Broncos youngsters can get experience if they are loaned out to Hemel Stags or London Skolars; either of these teams still have a chance to get promoted to the Championship this season.  Lets wait to see where Broncos finish at the end of next season.

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Is it an asteroid?

Terry Dactyl's turned down the comeback tour.

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Gary Schofield has said it regularly, and Paul Cullen made similar comments a while back on Sky.

 

Gary Schofield - the voice of reason you mean? I wonder if his deal with League Express is for him to write a column each week under his own name, and to then write the letters page. Both are equally ill-informed.

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Which is one of the reasons why I think we'd be better off in the Championship, as more of the kids would have a chance of regular first team rugby.

 

I can see where you are coming from here but who will be watching this team ?

The numbers have dropped off due to the clubs incompetence at all levels with of course

the current exception of those running the academy it wouild seem.

I would say a good chunk  will just pack up if there is no Super League to watch with others filtered off

to Skolars if they dont watch them already or the Champinship one teams down here.

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I find it hard to believe that it is only 'dinosaurs' that would question the existence of the London club at the moment.

London have always been a development club but when the professional side of that club is going backwards from a low starting point then there is more than an argument to question their continued inclusion, especially when it is in opposition to a number of clubs that as a professional outfit could do a better job.

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They've lasted longer than some of their opponents.

 

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I think the dinosaurs are those who still believe it is important for increasing media coverage by having a team from London in SL. I'm sure that the game below SL level would survive and in some areas thrive just as well if London were to become a Championship team.

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I think the dinosaurs are those who still believe it is important for increasing media coverage by having a team from London in SL. I'm sure that the game below SL level would survive and in some areas thrive just as well if London were to become a Championship team.

The term dinosaur implies backwards in comparison to forward-thinking. However, if forward-thinking means supporting the continuation of a club with decreasing numbers of fans every year and an inability to compete then just call me a Brachiosaurus.

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I find it hard to believe that it is only 'dinosaurs' that would question the existence of the London club at the moment.

London have always been a development club but when the professional side of that club is going backwards from a low starting point then there is more than an argument to question their continued inclusion, especially when it is in opposition to a number of clubs that as a professional outfit could do a better job.

 

The Broncos, however poor they might be, do still offer a stepping stone for young southerners to make it in the game. You can come through the schools or community game down south, then play for the Broncos academy, Skolars, Hemel, Oxford etc, but there will still be a big chunk of lads who get that far, who are never going to be stars in the game.

 

Broncos gives lads a chance to see if they can go all the way, before they up sticks and move north, only to find out they can't really cut it anyway. If Clubb, Sarginson, Dixon etc, do leave Broncos for a decent SL side, then they may have been lost to the game totally if they hadn't had that opportunity at the Broncos to make the transition from age limited rugby to open age.

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They've lasted longer than some of their opponents.

 

Fulham-Cardiff-23.03.83-rugby-L.jpg

 

Quite and the shirt in your picture is from a 2nd division game.

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The Broncos, however poor they might be, do still offer a stepping stone for young southerners to make it in the game. You can come through the schools or community game down south, then play for the Broncos academy, Skolars, Hemel, Oxford etc, but there will still be a big chunk of lads who get that far, who are never going to be stars in the game.

 

Broncos gives lads a chance to see if they can go all the way, before they up sticks and move north, only to find out they can't really cut it anyway. If Clubb, Sarginson, Dixon etc, do leave Broncos for a decent SL side, then they may have been lost to the game totally if they hadn't had that opportunity at the Broncos to make the transition from age limited rugby to open age.

 

 With the return of p and r, the players you mention can develop in open age rugby in the championship and, if as good as advertised, will propel the Broncos back to SL where they can again test their abilities this time at SL level.

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It seems to me that pro- Broncos rhetoric is about possibilities and potential without acknowledging how far the club hasn't gone in the past 10 years.

 

Reminds me on a new Jeep I had. When it drove it was fantastic but I was forever getting someone to tinker under the bonnet because it was unreliable so I part exchanged it. Someone out there has probably got a good runner but under my ownership and driving conditions it was a dog.

 

Roll on 2015.

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To be fair, discussing potential at London is more logical than discussing it at Halifax, featherstone or Leigh, all of whom have had 100+ years to develop

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To be fair, discussing potential at London is more logical than discussing it at Halifax, featherstone or Leigh, all of whom have had 100+ years to develop

 

Historical opportunities are irrelevant otherwise you have to apply the same "logic" for Huddersfield (for example), whose history never foretold their current fortune.

 

The other thing is that each of those clubs you mention have achieved success in the past. This does not mean they are destined to do so again, nor does it mean they won't.

 

I also believe the potential in London is better measured from the perspective of participation and the ability to host flagship finals and competitions, not London Broncos SL status.

 

Under these circumstances neither Halifax, Leigh or Fev could compete.

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