It’s a big two days of rugby for the London Broncos, with the final two pre-season friendlies taking place over the course of the weekend.
Saturday sees the academy team – with the inclusion of three first team players – take on the Skolars in the London Clash, at New River Stadium at 3pm.
It’s the first match for new head coach, Jamie Langley, who made the move to London after retiring from his own professional rugby league career.
“The boys have been training really hard, they’ve really put in the effort in and competed hard all pre-season and we’re all looking forward to a good hit out tomorrow afternoon.
“We’ve got some new faces in the side, and the team has been coming together really well. Obviously there’s only so much we can see in training, and the rest comes when you’re out on the pitch.
“Our expectations as a group are pretty simple, to execute what we have practised and to compete hard for 80 minutes. We’re pumped and ready to go!”
On Sunday, the first team heads north, where they will face Dewsbury. The two teams last met in the Shield semi-final last year, and the Broncos emerged victorious 18-34.
Head coach, Andrew Henderson, will be looking to build on his side’s victory over the Newcastle Yowies last weekend.
“The Yowies game was a good hit out for us. We did some really good things as individuals and collectively as a team, but there were some areas we need to improve on, be better at and more consistent with.
“Our try line defence against the Yowies stood up really well. The Yowies were coming at us, and they were hitting us with all sorts of questions, and for the most part we managed to keep them at bay which pleased me.”
Henderson’s side will be without incumbent number 9, James Cunningham, who injured his foot in the Yowies clash, and will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a torn muscle.
“Ideally we’d like to get Cunno back on the field sooner rather than later, and he’s working with the medical team in order to do that.
“We still have Andy Ackers and Jack Bussey, and Will Barthau as cover. We moved the halfback there during the Yowies game and he produced a man of the match performance, which shows we’ve got a little bit of strength of depth there.
“It’s our last friendly before the season kicks off, and the whole side are looking forward to the challenge at Dewsbury on Sunday. They are a good Championship team with some quality players so will be a good test for us. It will be good to see where we are at after working so hard as a team over the last few months.”