The Wait Is Over As Skolars Season Gets Underway

Whilst Super League and Championship sides have been playing since early February London Skolars, and the rest of the Championship 1 sides, get their seasons underway this Sunday, the 3rd March, when the first Northern Rail Group matches take place.

Skolars start their Northern Rail Cup campaign on Sunday with a trip to Neath to take on South Wales Scorpions. The two teams met in the competition last season when Skolars edged a close encounter 30-38 at the Gnoll. Skolars went on to record two league victories against the Welsh outfit, which included an emphatic 64-6 home win. This season sees the introduction of a different competition format with the winners of the Northern and Southern groups progressing to a knockout stage in May, when the Championship teams join the competition.

Skolars head coach Joe Mbu has been busy in the close season adding some quality new signings to the core of the 2012 squad and will be looking for his team to get off to a flying start with the Kingstone Press Championship 1 season only a month away. A number of London Broncos players have signed dual registration forms with the club and it is hoped that some will feature on Sunday.

On Sunday the 10th March Skolars host their first home fixture of the 2013 season and it promises to be a cracker as Hemel Stags are the visitors for the long awaited southern derby. Skolars have designated the match a ‘Family’ day with a variety of events happening including a mini real ale festival and a half-time mascot race. The club have pre-sold more tickets for this game than any other game outside of the Capital Challenge and Friday Night Light matches as fans will be looking to witness a bit of Rugby League history in the south.

Commenting on the Hemel game Skolars General Manager Howard Kramer had this to say: “This is a game that should capture the imaginations of rugby league fans in and around the capital. We’ve had a great response to our early bird half-price ticket offer and fans have been snapping up tickets online prior to the close of the ticket deal deadline this Friday. We’ve made the game a ‘Family’ day with lots going on before and after the match. It promises to be a great occasion for the sport in the south.”

Skolars will conclude their Northern Rail Cup group matches with games at home to University of Gloucestershire All Golds and away to Rochdale. The league season gets underway on Friday the 29th March when Hemel Stags are once again the visitors to New River.

This season Skolars nor only have a new kit manufacturer in Azzurri Sport but the player’s shirts will bear the name of new main sponsors NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes.

One London Skolar making his debut next week will not be that well known to Rugby League fans and that’s because the debutant is in fact London Skolar, the racehorse! The horse, owned by Skolars President Harold Nass, will be making his racing debut in the 6.00pm race at Kempton Park on Wednesday the 6th March. Let’s hope he gets off to a winning start.

Tickets for the match can be purchased in the club’s online shop by clicking here



London Skolars Rugby League are looking to recruit a Kit Manager, to be responsible for cleaning, preparing and setting out the club’s 1st team kit.

The successful applicant will be required to:
* Help prepare the dressing room, both home and away, for the 1st team by setting out the team’s kit, as directed by the coaching staff
* Ensure all 1st team kits are washed and packed in the correct kit bags and ready for setting out in the home dressing room and ready for travel to away matches and setting out in the away dressing room
* Be in attendance on matchdays, both home and away
* The job is suited for someone who has a responsible manner and can work using their own initiative.
* This post is purely voluntary, and would involve travelling with the 1st team to all away matches using club transport.
* Any travel expenses incurred in getting to and from Skolars home ground would be reimbursed as would any kit cleaning costs.
* The successful applicant may also be required to assist with duties on the Skolars bench on match days by assisting the coaching staff, as directed.

This role will be ideally suited to someone who holds a full driving licence and has their own car to enable them to transport the kit for cleaning purposes.

To apply please e-mail the club on or call the General Manager on 020 8888 8488

A place in the historic Northern Rail Finals Day at The Shay, Halifax, on Saturday July 20 will be the ultimate goal for the eight clubs who kick off the group stages of the 2013 Northern Rail Cup this weekend.

All eight clubs will set their sights on a coveted place in the Northern Rail Cup final but will also be in contention to contest the inaugural Northern Rail Bowl final, which will feature the two highest ranked Kingstone Press Championship One clubs.

The opening fixtures of the 2013 Northern Rail Cup see Hemel Stags and University of Gloucestershire All Golds compete in the professional ranks for the first time when they go head-to-head on Sunday March 3.

They will be joined by Gateshead Thunder, London Skolars, North Wales Crusaders, Oldham, Rochdale Hornets and South Wales Scorpions competing in two groups, with the top side in each group set to progress to a knock-out round of 16 where they will join all 14 Kingstone Press Championship clubs in May.

Should a Championship One club reach the Northern Rail Cup final, the club placed second in its group will play in the Bowl final.

“The Northern Rail Cup has firmly established itself as one of the sport’s most entertaining competitions and has as a prize a trophy that all Championship players want to get their hands on,” said RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer.

“The competition has treated us to some memorable and dramatic action during the past few years and recent finals have been among the most exciting games of recent times.

“The re-structured group stages have added an extra element to the competition and promise to make for an increasingly competitive competition from start to finish. I look forward to watching the action unfold during the coming weeks.

“This is a very exciting year for the sport with an expanded Championship and three new clubs entering Championship One: with an extra trophy up for grabs, I fully expect the action to be even more cut-throat over the coming months.

“Every team now has a realistic possibility of a final appearance on the big stage: from the moment the ball is kicked-off in every Northern Rail Cup fixture, every pass, every tackle and every score will count!”

The 2013 Northern Rail Cup Groups are as follows:

Group A

Rochdale Hornets
Gateshead Thunder
North Wales Crusaders

Group B
South Wales Scorpions
London Skolars
Gloucestershire All Golds
Hemel Stags

*Each club will play four games, two Home and two Away. Three games will be between clubs in their pool with one game played against a club in the other pool.

All 14 Kingstone Press Championship sides enter the competition during the first knock-out stage which will be played on the weekend of May 18/19.

Details of ticket prices and availability for the 2013 Northern Rail Cup finals day at The Shay, Halifax, on Saturday July 20 will be announced in the next few weeks.

Skolars start their Northern Rail Cup campaign on Sunday with a trip to Neath to take on South Wales Scorpions and this is followed the following Sunday when Skolars entertain Championship 1 newcomers Hemel Stags, KO 3pm.

London Skolars regret to announce that the proposed pre-season match against a Combined Services 23’s side due to be played at New River this Saturday, the 16th February, has been cancelled.

The cancellation is due to Combined Services losing a number of their squad to operational commitments.

London Skolars have accepted the apology from the Combined Services 23’s team manager who was, like us, very much looking forward to the fixture.

At the time of posting this announcement the club are actively seeking alternative opposition for a match this weekend. If another match is arranged an announcement will be made immediately.

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