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London Broncos produce late turnaround to deepen gloom for Leeds

• Leeds 16-18 London Broncos• Last-gasp tries from Fozard and Lovell stun lowly RhinosIt is still surely too early to suggest that both Leeds and Wigan are in any sort of relegation battle this season, but in the Rhinos’ case in particular, it is becom…

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Shock and awe as wounded Wigan sent packing by London Broncos

Champions are still on zero points and the pressure is building after surprise defeat at the Super League relegation favouritesBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredLosing to Sydney Roosters is one thing. Going down to relegation favourites London Br…

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Shock and awe as wounded Wigan sent packing by London Broncos

Champions are still on zero points and the pressure is building after surprise defeat at the Super League relegation favouritesBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredLosing to Sydney Roosters is one thing. Going down to relegation favourites London Br…

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Million Pound Game hero Sammut ready for capital return with Wigan

After a whirlwind six months the Malta international will return to a hero’s reception at London Broncos, who he guided to promotion before leaving for family reasonsTo suggest there will be mixed emotions for Jarrod Sammut this weekend is somewhat of …

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London Broncos’ Eddie Battye goes from buffalo farmer to Super League

The prop has gone from buffalo farmer in Yorkshire to cult hero in London as his promoted club strive to stay among the eliteEddie Battye is used to busy weeks but none may have been quite like the one just gone. Last Sunday the 27-year-old made his Su…

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London Broncos make a triumphant return to the Super League

London Broncos only won one game in their last season in the top flight. They have already matched that tally this yearBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredGood things come to those who wait. And London Broncos fans have waited nearly five years to …

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London Broncos buck expectations with buffalo farmer Eddie Battye

• London Broncos 42-24 Wakefield Trinity• Battye stars with two tries as Broncos start with a winNobody, it seems, has sent London Broncos the script. The general feeling around Super League heading into this season was that having secured promotion ag…

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Rugby league’s Mr London and why he’s spent £20m on the Broncos and won’t stop now | Aaron Bower

David Hughes says the London club can do more than survive in Super LeagueThe year is 1996. Britpop is dominating the airwaves, football is coming home and rugby league is undergoing the most significant transformation since its formation a century ago…

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London beat Toronto in Million Pound Game for place in Super League

• Toronto Wolfpack 2-4 London Broncos• Two goals from Jarrod Samutt secure promotionSuper League will have a presence in the capital next year for the first time in four years, after London defeated Toronto in arguably the most important, cosmopolitan …

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Six clubs battle for Super League places as Qualifiers reach crazy climax

Leeds, Salford, Toronto, Hull KR, Toulouse and London Broncos are all aiming to secure their Super League statusBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThis week will take some beating for entertainment: four games to decide six clubs’ future. Any of t…

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Relegation took Eloi Pelissier’s house and job. Now he dreams of promotion

Pelissier hit rock bottom when Leigh went down last year but London Broncos could be his ticket back to the Super LeagueBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThe best story in rugby league right now is not at the top of the Super League, but in the f…

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Relegation took Eloi Pelissier’s house and job. Now he dreams of promotion

Pelissier hit rock bottom when Leigh went down last year but London Broncos could be his ticket back to the Super LeagueBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThe best story in rugby league right now is not at the top of the Super League, but in the f…

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Leeds Rhinos all but secure Super League status in season to forget

Leeds fans can relax; Widnes are struggling in the Qualifiers; sponsorship is out of control; NRL clubs reign supremeBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredAnd breathe, Leeds fans, breathe. Baring a calamitous collapse, the Rhinos will still be in the…

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Joel Moon hat-trick helps Leeds Rhinos in their struggle for survival

• London Broncos 32-48 Leeds Rhinos• Leeds close to preserving Super League statusLeeds Rhinos moved a step closer to preserving their Super League status after surviving a rousing fightback from London Broncos at Ealing.This has been a season to forge…

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Shaun Edwards admits rugby league return with Wigan represents risk

• Club legend will take over as Wigan coach in 2020• Championship side London beat Widnes in QualifiersShaun Edwards admits he is taking a risk by returning to rugby league in 2020 but insists the opportunity to return to Wigan as their coach was too a…

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Revitalised London Broncos trust in youth to fulfil Branson prophecy | Aaron Bower

Broncos are favourites for promotion to Super League with a focus on community programmes and capital-born playersAlmost 21 years have passed since Richard Branson stood on the plush turf of his London home and declared his grand vision for rugby leagu…

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What next in rugby league’s obsessive pursuit of the perfect structure?

London Broncos defy the odds; Toronto Wolfpack suffer a shock; and a rugby league player excels at the Winter OlympicsBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredRugby League’s obsessive belief that changing how many teams are in each division is the root …

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Meet the USA Rugby League World Cup captain … and organic food entrepreneur

Mark Offerdahl grew up in Australia, played club rugby in France and Wales, became an entrepreneur in London, and is about to captain USA at a World CupBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkMark Offerdahl will skip…

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Widnes see off London Broncos to set up Catalans Dragons decider

• Widnes 38-16 London Broncos
• Charly Runciman and Matt Whitley to the fore in comfortable victory

Widnes set up a winner-takes-all showdown next Saturday against Catalans Dragons for an automatic return to Super League after dispatching the Championship side London Broncos.

The Vikings, who finished bottom of Super League after 23 rounds and were widely considered to be the team in most danger of relegation in the Qualifiers, now know that should they avoid defeat in the south of France, they will secure their place back in the top flight without the need for the Million Pound Game.

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Rugby league fans moan about TV but 12 matches are broadcast live every week

You will need to pay for it – and buy a diary – but you can now watch Super League, NRL and League 1 matches on TV. There was no coverage 30 years ago

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

We love a moan in rugby league. It’s our factory setting. However, consider this. This week I found an old newspaper cutting from 30 years ago with a report of perennial champions Wigan beating Leeds a few days before their now-famous World Club Challenge win over Manly. Nearly 14,000 were at Central Park to see the game’s biggest two clubs meet. The other six top flight games that afternoon attracted an aggregate attendance of fewer than 25,000 people.

More than 7,000 saw Halifax beat St Helens at Thrum Hall – a reminder of Halifax’s not-so-distant strength – but there were only 4,000 at Warrington. Hunslet were the minnows of the Stone Bitter Championship then: a mere 2,601 rattled around Elland Road for their local clash with Cas. But that was not the smallest gate of the weekend: Bradford, who we all consider fallen giants of our game, hammered Swinton in front of just 2,510 at Odsal. This was early October, when the season was new, hopes were fresh and the weather mild. The average top flight attendance then was under 5,000. Thirty years later, Super League gates average just under 9,000.

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