1st March 2019, 11:42
WRL celebrate Wales Week in London at Broncos match on Sunday
As all Welsh around the world celebrate St David’s Day, “Wales Week in London” is already in full swing, with rugby league a major part of the events, as this Sunday London Broncos host Wigan Warriors
at Trailfinders Sports Ground in Ealing (kick-off 3pm).
The event has been chosen due to Welsh representation in what could have been both sides. At the Broncos, Wales captain Elliot Kear should star in the backline alongside Wales’ record try scorer Rhys Williams, who notched another Super League score last week against Castleford Tigers. Also available to line-up for London is another Welsh international in Matty Fozard, but Wigan's lone Welshman Ben Flower hasn't been included in Wigan's 19-man squad for the trip to the capital.
Cardiff-born Kear, who has also played at the highest level for Celtic Crusaders and Bradford Bulls, will hopefully be making his 100th appearance in Super League competition (which includes Super League Qualifiers from 2016-18) on Sunday, and he’s looking forward to the event.
“I think it’ll be a great day,” he said. “I’m really enjoying my rugby as well as life in London, my team-mates are a great bunch and we’ve a really good outlook for the season.
“Hopefully we’ll get good numbers to the game with the new stand being finished and with it being Welsh Week in London.
“As a side, we want to bounce back from our loss to Castleford and keep being positive.
“Happy St David’s Day to everyone.”
Following Sunday’s game, London's Welsh international trio will take part in a Q&A session in the bar, alongside Wales Rugby League chairman Brian Juliff, former Wales dual-code international Adrian Hadley and David Powers from Welsh Charitables RFC.
How London Broncos are marketing the game.
Juliff said: “Wales Week in London is a magnificent event showcasing the skills, talents and opportunities both individual and collectively across our country and we are very pleased and privileged to be allowed to support this event through our medium of Rugby League.
“As a London resident it’s so good to attend a plethora of quality events and also meet up with many old and lots of new friends from sport and business.
“WRL are grateful to London Broncos for allowing us to use their facilities to participate in the event and, of course, support such an innovative programme.
“I look forward to welcoming the ‘London Faithful’ supporters, many of whom I know because of my frequent visits supporting the club and the travelling fans of Wigan which I am proud to have represented during my career."
The event is being hosted by WRL and London Broncos, who have been using a Welsh flag as part of their marketing, and tickets can be bought by going to https://walesweek.london/whats-on/wales-rugby-league-stars-for-london-broncos-vs-wigan-warriors.
LONDON (from): Alex Walker, Rhys Williams, Elliot Kear, Kieran Dixon, Jordan Abdull, James Cunningham, Ed Battye, Mark Ioane, Will Lovell, Jay Pitts, Matty Foxard, Greg Richards, Matty Gee, Matthew Fleming, Nathan Mason, Ryan Morgan, Luke Yates, Rob Butler, Morgan Smith.
WIGAN (from): Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Morgan Escaré, Oliver Gildart, Zak Hardaker, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Paisley, Oliver Partington, Sam Powell, Jarrod Sammut, Dan Sarginson, Taulima Tautai, George Williams.