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Russell Bawden is set to make a return to the club in time to meet Leeds at Griffin Park on Sunday 18th July. It will be Bawden's third spell in London where he has already played 131 games in his two previous stints. He joined French side UTC at the close of the 2003 season where he has played 29 games under former Broncos Assistant Coach Steve Deakin, and is set to play for UTC in this Saturday's French Championship Final at Perpignan. 'Rusty' first played for London in 1996 and 1997 before joining Melbourne Storm in 1998. He chalked up 101 appearances for Melbourne before returning to London in 2002. He missed just one game in his two seasons back with London, having been an ever-present in 2003.
Coach Tony Rea welcomes his former teammate back:"Rusty left to pursue a different opportunity in France and now comes a time where he can again do a job here in London."
This is an opportunity I know Russell wants. He's got London Broncos blood and I think this will work out well for him and for our team."
I've been keeping an eye on him over the past couple of months and he looks good."
Russell will join the Broncos next Tuesday and is a chance to play against Leeds on Sunday 18th July at Griffin Park. Some sections of the Braemar Road Stand are already sold out for the return game back at Griffin Park. The Brook Road Terrace will also be opened for the first time. It is hoped this area will rival the Rhinos away support at the other end of the ground.
Nic Cartwright: "Our next home game against the competition leaders is a wonderful opportunity for all of us."
What I will say is that if you are a rugby league fan in London, and you also feel strongly about our position in the game, come to the Leeds game and make your support known."
London play Leeds Rhinos on Sunday 18th July at Griffin Park. Book in advance to secure the best seats from just ?10 each - 0871 222 1657.
In other news:
At the anniversary game (Warrington Sunday 22 August) four contestants will be in the running to WIN the Broncos 10th Birthday Party Pack valued at ?1500. How will contestants be selected? Good question. One fan will be selected at the forthcoming home games against Leeds and Wigan, one fan will be selected at the Anniversary game itself against Warrington, and one fan will be chosen at random. The four finalists will then face the Broncos own variation of the 'Bush Tucker Trial' on Sunday 22nd August before the audience at the game willndecide the ultimate winner. See www.londonbroncos.co.uk for more details.