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London Broncos have confirmed that they will be taking a second game on the road this season.
The Broncos will vacate Griffin Park for a period of seven weeks over summer to allow for necessary pitch work to be undertaken by Brentford FC.
The Broncos have already played six games at Griffin Park this season and will play three more home games in Brentford (Bradford 1pm Sunday 1st May, Salford 3pm Sunday 22nd May, Leigh 3pm Sunday 29th May) before taking to the road. The first game back at Griffin Park will be on Sunday 24th July against Huddersfield.
The road game against Hull falls one week before London take Leeds Rhinos to Perpignan.
CEO Nic Cartwright commented:
?Our trip to France has been planned and promoted since the fixtures were announced and sales for that game are going well.?
?This second game on the road was not something we wanted to do but circumstances gave us no other choice but to find another suitable and available venue.?
We advised our season ticket holders many weeks back about this possible second road game, and now it is a reality that we must deal with.?
If we owned our own ground we wouldn?t be faced with this. We?ve been forced to do this for the past eight years so it is something we are used to, but it is far from ideal.?
Having said that, I am very happy with the way Bridgend has gone about their business in our negotiations and I know they have ambitious plans for rugby league in that part of the world.?
Their (Bridgend) desire for a team in next year?s National League Two is an example of where the game is heading down there.?
We?ve taken games to Newport and Aberavon in past years and we are looking forward to the local support this high profile fixture is likely to attract.?
Our community team will combine with Bridgend as well as RFL staff to promote the game as best we can and it promises to be a massive event.?
We?re hoping to play our under 16?s and under 18?s as curtain-raisers to the main game giving fans three games for the price of one.?
We don?t like having to uproot and leave but it makes the decision easier when you know you have other partners prepared and willing to push the game.?
This news (of a second road game) is not great for Londoners who love coming to Griffin Park, but it could well have been worse. If not for Brentford?s support, our home game against Leigh would also have been shifted, giving us three home games away from home.?
Thankfully, this is no longer an issue and that game (against Leigh) will be played at Griffin Park on Sunday 29th May.?
Tickets for the game v Hull FC (Bridgend) and against Leeds (Perpignan) are now on sale online on the Broncos official website ? www.londonbroncos.co.uk or they can be bought in advance through the Broncos Ticket Office ? 0871 222 1132
Tickets for both games will also be available on the day at each venue.
To read more about our road games as well as an in-depth explanation by Nic Cartwright, visit the Broncos new website www.londonbroncos.co.uk
BRONCOS ROUND UP JUNIOR PLAYERS IN LONDON
Following the positive response at the St Helens? match to the free ticket for all Junior RL players in London, the Broncos have decided to take it one step further.
In partnership with London Skolars, all registered junior rugby league players in London have been offered a London Rugby League Junior Players? Pass - valid for free entry into every Broncos and Skolars home match for the rest of the 2005 season.
RFL London and the South Development Manager Caro Wild, is delighted with the offer: ?Attending live games is crucially important to the development of junior players. We?re extremely pleased with this effort by the Broncos and the Skolars to encourage juniors to attend more matches, and to make the young players feel part of the rugby league community.?
West London Development Officer James Massara agrees: ?Especially for local area teams like West London Sharks and Kingston Warriors, this is an especially exciting opportunity.?
Most of our players live within a few miles of Griffin Park, and this is a great chance for them to see top-flight rugby as often as possible. This is also a great reward for the young players.?
The Broncos are happy to be at the forefront of supporting youth development in London: ?The ARL has worked in partnership with the NRL for years on this type of junior league ticket offer and it works well,? commented Marketing Assistant Stacy Roth.
?Many of our own Australian players, and even our head coach, have spoken of how much they enjoyed watching premiership rugby league for free when they were young and how much it helped develop their game,? added Roth.
Passes will be going out to junior players this week, and we?re looking forward to many of them joining us at this weekend?s clash with Bradford Bulls on Sunday at 1:05pm at Griffin Park.
Discounted tickets for this game start at just ?12 for adults if ordered before 4pm this Friday ? 0871 222 1132.
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Media & Marketing London Broncos RLFC Office: 0871 222 1132 Direct: 0208 232 1565 Mobile: 07990 573 089 Email: [email protected] Web: www.londonbroncos.co.uk WE'RE BACK @ GRIFFIN PARK LONDON v BRADFORD : 1PM SUN 1ST MAY You'll love it!