4 days ago
Tony Rea has announced a 20-man squad for Sunday's opening game of the season which contains ten of the eleven new players signed for the 2005 campaign.
Missing through injury are Lee Sanderson (knee - 5 months), Francis Stephenson (knee - 6 weeks), and Dave Highton (ankle - 3 weeks).
Also out of contention for a place is Danny Williams who has another seven games of his suspension left to serve. Danny is available to return on Easter Monday.
The nine players set for a Broncos and Super League debut include: Anthony Armour, Nick Bradley-Qalilawa, Luke Dorn, Lee Hopkins, Solomon Haumono, Thomas Leuluai, Filimone Lolohea, Mark McLinden, and Tyrone Smith.
Another new signing, Mark Tookey, although having Super League experience with Castleford Tigers last season, is yet to play at Griffin Park.
Under new guidelines issued by the RFL, clubs must this season post a 20-man squad no later than 72 hours before kick off. This squad must then be reduced to 18 players 24 hours ahead of kick off, and then the actual 17 must be posted 1 hour pre kick off.
?It'll be an exciting day for all of us. We're confident we have done the right preparation and now it's all about bringing out the best."
20-man squad as follows:
Anthony Armour, Nick Bradley-Qalilawa, Neil Budworth, Luke Dorn, Lee Greenwood, Lee Hopkins, Solomon Haumono, John Kirkpatrick, Thomas Leuluai, Filimone Lolohea, Zebastian Luisi, Mark McLinden, Mark O'Halloran, Rob Purdham, Tyrone Smith, Paul Sykes, Mitch Stringer, Steve Trindall, Mark Tookey and Jon Wells.
The game kicks off at 3pm at Griffin Park, Brentford. Gates open at 1.30pm.
LOADS TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS SUNDAY
It's been close to five months now since London Broncos last played a Super League fixture, and for fans in the capital, this Sunday cannot come soon enough.
The build-up has been positive and preparation for the new season has been thorough. Now it's time to get down to business.
Why the buoyant mood?
There will be more season ticket holders at Griffin Park on Sunday than ever before. Gold Membership is likely this season to reach an all time high. And most importantly, the team looks like it has the potential to deliver some quality performances in front of the Griffin Park faithful.
On Sunday some ten of the eleven new players signed for 2005 have been included in Tony Rea's preliminary squad and this in itself is something to get really excited about.
Which two props will start up front? Who will start at fullback? Which two centres will Rea opt for? And where will he play his three choice scrum halves in Leuluai, McLinden and Dorn? Yes, a lot to look forward to on Sunday.
Off the pitch there'll also be plenty to keep fans on their toes.
A special Valentines Draw will see the winner walk away with a posh date with one of six Broncos Bachelors (Mc Linden, Leuluai, O'Halloran, Bradley-Qalilawa, Armour or Luisi) - the winner will also score a signed Broncos or Wolves 2005 playing shirt! Tickets are ?2 each and part proceeds will go to the Tsunami Appeal.
Supporters also stand the chance to WIN ?100 cold, hard cash simply by entering the Match Day Cash Draw. And when entering this FREE draw, if fans select the correct Broncos First Try Scorer, they'll score two FREE tickets to the very next Broncos home game.
And there's more on offer.
The first 100 Broncos fans under 16 to visit the Junior Broncos Stand will each receive a FREE official 2005 Team Poster.
Before kick off, and again at half time, Griffin Park will be treated to the vocal talents of former Pop Idol star Rebecca Hayes. She is sure to be a massive hit!
The Broncos are also set to unveil their new-look Match Day Magazine - Game On! - London Broncos scooped Super League's Best Match Day Magazine in 2004 and the new-look publication will be every bit as good.
A Broncos Match Day at Griffin Park just wouldn't be the same without the gorgeous Cowgirls, and they'll be accompanied by the jovial furry thoroughbreds, Buck & Dusty.
And finally, there'll be a couple of opportunities for fans to get in on the act, so listen out to the ground announcer to invite your participation.
One fan will be invited to join BBC London's Mark 'the preacher' Church in his Press Box Pulpit before kick off, and this will go out live around the world through the BBC London web-cast commentary.
Another couple of fans (one from London and one from Warrington) will be asked to participate in the new forty-twenty challenge. This competition will involve some 40/20 kicks and is of course sponsored by www.forty-twenty.com, the Broncos official match day merchandiser. The winner will collect a ?50 Merchandise Gift Voucher.
Gold Members receive ?4 off premium adult tickets when bought in advance.
Tickets for London Broncos season opener at Griffin Park v Warrington on Sunday 13th February are selling well in advance. Standard adult tickets in advance are ?12 each (?15 on the day) and premium adult tickets are ?15 in advance (?18 on the day). Book in advance and save - 0871 222 1132