It’s a big weekend for the London Broncos, as final preparations are made ahead of the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship season opener away at Swinton Lions, on Sunday 5 February.
The Broncos will first face partner club, London Skolars, at New River Stadium at 3pm on Saturday, in the London Clash. The day is set to be a memorable one, as the New River Stadium will also be hosting two Challenge Cup games – at 1pm and 5pm – making it a festival of rugby league.
Head coach, Andrew Henderson, said he’s looking forward to seeing his side play its part in what is a great day for rugby league down south.
“I’m really excited about this event on Saturday at New River. It’s fantastic that the London Skolars club can host six teams on the day – four of them being London based clubs. The Challenge Cup is steeped in history and to see both Wests Warriors and London Chargers in the mix is brilliant for rugby league in the south.”
Henderson is eagerly anticipating his side’s part in the annual London Clash with Skolars, which last year, saw the London Broncos take the spoils.
“We’ve strengthened our relations with the London Skolars club in recent years, and are very supportive of this annual fixture.
“The Skolars are improving each season under coach Coleman, and we expect a different challenge tomorrow. I’m sending a stronger team than last year, which will see a blend of first team players and our best academy players.
“I’m excited to see what our first team boys can produce as they fight for the right to play next week in our season opener away at Swinton, but also to see how our stars of the future perform against quality senior opposition.”
Sunday will see the Broncos in action again, facing the newly reformed York City Knights at Bootham Crescent in the final pre-season friendly.
Henderson stressed the importance of an away fixture ahead of the season: “It was really important that both our new players and staff got a feel for an away day operation ahead of our trip to Swinton, and for the players to get a feel for the northern conditions again.
“That way there are no excuses next week, and we can iron out any teething problems from this trip.
“Once again I’m looking to see improvement within the squad this week, and everyone putting their best foot forward to give me a selection headache for next week.”
Tickets are still on sale for the London Clash here, and tickets for the York fixture can be purchased at the turnstiles on the day:
Concessions and Students*: £12