London Broncos will run out to play Wigan Warriors on Anzac Day at the JJB Stadium. Once upon a time this day of remembrance would have been of major significance to the vast majority of the Broncos line-up.
On Sunday, that will not be the case. The day itself will remain most poignant, but no longer to the majority of Tony Rea's team, which is unchanged from last Sunday's team that beat Widnes.
The almost 'all-English' team have their own day of significance on Friday, and to celebrate St Georges Day, a number of players got into the spirit of things at the west London training ground.
Rob Purdham, currently one of seven players sidelined with injury, agrees with Francis Stephenson that more should be made of St Georges Day: "Why not, every other nation seems to do it. The Irish are renown for it, so too are the Aussies, and we should as well."
Whilst on the pitch taking some proud English promotional shots, Purdham, David Highton, and John Kirkpatrick were subjected to some 'good natured' harassment from passers by. The remarks directed at the trio were from the minority - a few Australians, and one Scot.
Purdham's reaction: "You can laugh all you want, you know you want to be English."
London Broncos are promoting a special ticket offer to celebrate St Georges Day on Friday. Supporters who call the ticket line - 0871 222 1132 - and claim to be English with a forename George, can buy two-for-one premium adult tickets to see London's next home game against Bradford Bulls on 3rd May.
PS: If you're name is NOT George, and you are NOT English - don't be afraid to tell a small 'porky' to claim this offer. The offer will strictly close at 5pm on Friday. There is no additional pre-sale discount, and tickets must be bought in multiples of two.
The home game against Bradford will also see a post St Georges Day celebration.
Team to play Wigan as follows:
Paul Sykes, Jon Wells, Nigel Roy, Tom Haughey, Lee Greenwood, Scott Murrell, Dennis Moran, Mitch Stringer, Neil Budworth, Steele Retchless, Joe Mbu, Andrew Brocklehurst, Andrew Hart, Dave Highton, Jonny Williams, Andy McNally, Steve Trindall
Full priced tickets to the Bradford Bulls game can be bought through the ticket office (0871 222 1657), online at www.londonbroncos.co.uk or at the game on the day. All adult advance tickets attract a ?2 discount.
London's home game against Bradford Bulls on Monday 3rd May will kick off at 12.35pm. Gates will open at 11am with a special pre-match 'festival' in the Braemar Road courtyard.Like