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The sport of rugby league is set to celebrate its busiest weekend ever in the capital commencing on Friday 4th July.
London Broncos have teamed up with National League Two club London Skolars to promote the capital's busiest ever weekend. It's the first joint ticketing initiative between London's two professional clubs and as a result, fans will be able to take advantage of special weekend packages covering three days of action.
On Friday (4th July) New River Stadium will host the Invitational Capital Challenge featuring a representative team from London up against Dublin.
On Saturday (5th July) London Broncos will search for their first home win at Griffin Park in round seventeen of Tetley's Super League VIII, and then on Sunday (6th July) back at New River Stadium, the weekend will culminate with the inaugural Haringey Council Middlesex 9s (MX9's), featuring some sixteen teams
With Hull FC in town to play the Broncos, and with a team representing East Hull, the weekend is likely to attract a number of rugby league enthusiasts from East Yorkshire and all parts of the Southeast. Some other teams in the MX9's include Broncos Legends, South Asia Bulls, Sandhurst Military College, and London Skolars.
All tickets for the weekend's events can be purchased through the Broncos ticket hotline - 0871 222 1657. Single match tickets are available for each individual event, or fans can purchase one of three package deals.
The Triple Treat package includes a ticket to all three events. Take in the Capital Challenge (Fri), Broncos v Hull FC (Sat), as well as the MX9's (Sun) for just ?23. The Broncos Plus package (?15) includes a ticket to see Broncos v Hull FC plus the MX9's. The Capital Plus package (?10) includes a ticket to the Capital Challenge plus the MX9's.
These package deals are based on premium adult ticket pricing. Children's tickets can be added for just ?1.
These packages can all be purchased online at www.londonbroncos.co.uk
Broncos CEO Nic Cartwright believes this is an important opportunity for the game in London: "This is not just about the Broncos and the Skolars, it's a chance for everyone involved in the game down here to make a very positive statement.
The weekend will see Tetley's Super League clubs involved, as well as teams from National League's one, two and three. Conference clubs will involved, the Forces will be involved, and I think it's a chance for everyone who supports the game in London to come out and say: "Hey, this is no longer 'northern game'"
We have worked closely in recent weeks with the Skolars to ensure that our game can make the most of this opportunity. The next couple of months will see heightened activity for rugby league in London and we must all make the most of it."
In other news:
London will play five home games at Griffin Park in the space of one month. The next home game is against Hull FC on Saturday 5th July and then the Broncos will face the 2002 Cup Champions (Wigan), the 2002 NFP Champions (Huddersfield), the 2003 Cup Champions (Bradford), and the current Tetley's Super League Champions (St Helens)! This hectic schedule has arisen due to a number of factors beyond the club's control. The Bradford game was postponed due to the Challenge Cup, the reseeded pitch at Griffin Park was not ready in time for the Giants, and due to the team's recent run of form, the round 19 game against Wigan will now be shown live on Sky Sports on Friday July 18th.
The revised schedule is:
London Broncos have set up a special 'rugby league helpline' to assist fans who 'can't take any more' this summer!
There is a rumour doing the rounds that IF London Broncos record their first Super League win for the season at Griffin Park against Hull FC on Saturday 5th July, ?20 will be given to each fan. Watch this space!