London Broncos intend to travel to St Helens with just the one change to the team that was defeated last Friday by Leeds. Rookie Rhino, Tommy Gallagher, who was this week taken on month's loan from Leeds, has been handed the place on the bench left vacant by outgoing Leeds Academy winger, Austin Buchanan.
Gallagher, 19, has been in good form for the Rhinos' Under-21 side this season, playing in a variety of positions in the pack after returning from a loan spell at York earlier in the year. He was the club's Academy Player of the Year in 2002, and capped a fine campaign by being a member of the England Academy side, which historically defeated the Australian Schoolboys, scoring a superb long-range try in the First Test.
St Helens won two from three contests against London last season, including their 22-14 home win at Knowsley Road in round nineteen. The two games played in London were shared, London winning 40-6 in round four, and Saints winning 18-16 in the last round of the season.
Broncos coach Tony Rea is happy with his team's preparation: "It's been a solid week at training. We've looked at a few areas and I'm happy with our approach. There has been a good feeling at training and the team is looking forward to the challenge ahead."
London fans who cannot get to the game on Friday night can listen to live match commentary through the Broncos website www.londonbroncos.co.uk courtesy of BBC London 94.9fm.
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In other news: London Broncos have released ticket packages for the 'road game' against Widnes in Aberavon on Sunday June 8. The 'capital convoy' package (starts at just ?25 for adults/?15 concession) and includes return coach travel from London, a match ticket and a pre-game BBQ at 'the world of hurt'. Call 0871 222 1657 to book your trip. Single match tickets without 'travel extras' start at just ?10 for adults when booked in advance.
London Broncos team to play St Helens:
Nigel Roy, Andrew King, Tony Martin, Rob Jackson, Steve Hall, Chris Thorman, Dennis Moran, Steele Retchless, Bill Peden, Russell Bawden, Mat Toshack, Damian Kennedy, Jim Dymock Subs: Fancis Stephenson, Neil Budworth, Rob Purdham, Tommy Gallagher Missing: Peters (Skolars on loan), Sykes, Marshall, Hetherington, Cox, Haughey, Hamilton.Like