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The Metro Capital Challenge between London?s two professional clubs - the National Two Skolars and Super League?s Broncos - is attracting plenty of interest in the south.
A good turnout is expected at North London?s New River Stadium to see the inaugural Capital Challenge but missing from the Broncos line-up will be all but five players from the senior squad.
Broncos coach Tony Rea has elected to rest the majority of his stars, preferring not to risk injury ahead of their Super League opener against Warrington the following week.
Those Broncos who have been named to play, according to Rea, will be better for the run: ?To be honest, I don?t really think the Skolars would have gained a whole lot from trying to match it with some of our guys.?
We?ve had a few good hit-outs and I don?t think our bodies need another run at this stage.?
I?m of the opinion that those who do play do need another game, and I know they will give it their best.?
I?m sure it will be a great event for London rugby league and it?s a big opportunity for a number of our ?futures? to shine.?
The Powergen Challenge Cup curtain raiser between West London Sharks and South London Storm kicks off at 12.45pm
London Broncos team as follows:
Ade Adebisi (on loan ), Michael Williams (A), Mark O?Halloran (LB), Tony Clubb (A), Lee Greenwood (LB), Zebastian Luisi (LB), Nathan Thain (Trialist), Francis Stephenson (LB), John Sullivan (A), Mark Tookey (LB), Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook (Hull), Iain Lane (H), Michael Worrincy (H), Gary Peacham (Trialist), James Sullivan (Trialist), Steve Owen (Trialist), Dave McMeeken (A), Dave Williams (A)