Three more first team regulars re-join for 2017

London Skolars are delighted to announce a trio of re signings for the forthcoming season, joining Dave Williams and Ryan Chester who have also penned thus far.

Aaron Smalls, Eddie Mbaraga and Charlie Lawrence will all feature again for the club in 2017.

Aaron Smalls came through the London Skolars junior ranks and made his debut for the first team in 2010 on the wing, he played a handful of games that season, scoring on one occasion against the Newcastle Thunder. In a quest for more playing time, he moved to the Hemel Stags, here he flourished, playing primarily as a centre he offered strong carries and some deft touches to put his winger away. In 2015 he was re recruited by head coach Jermaine Coleman, since his return he has been one of the first choices on the team sheet, missing a handful of games in the past two seasons due to injury.

Our second returnee Eddie Mbaraga is also a London Skolars junior, however he did not make a first team appearance before he departed to play for the North London Stags. He then earned a place in the Hemel Stags squad, where he became a versatile player, known for his trademark big carries in the opposition 20. After three successful seasons, he returned to the London Skolars for 2016 playing all but a couple of fixtures this season. Despite playing primarily as a second row, Mbaraga finished around double figures in the try scoring charts with notably performances against Toulouse and Doncaster.

Our final re-signing for this year is pivot Charlie Lawrence. A West London junior, he was picked up by the London Bronco’s where he progressed through their youth system. Upon leaving the Bronco’s he was picked up by the Hemel Stags in 2015. After his decent form for the side, he followed Mbaraga to the London Skolars for the 2016 season. He is comfortable at both hooker and half back with a very good kicking game, he earnt the Man of the Match award in our home defeat to Gateshead Thunder this year.

These players are beginning to create an exciting squad, so get behind the team by getting your London Skolars season ticket, or alternatively sponsor one of these players for 2017!

Last years coaches player Ryan Chester has re-signed for the London Skolars in 2017.

Ryan hails from Windsor in Berkshire and began his foray with rugby playing union for his school and local club side. It was not until university that Chester would be introduced to Rugby League, attending then BUCS Super 8 side St Mary’s. Originally Ryan was blooded into the game as a winger, with a good work rate and decent turn of speed. However, in his final year he converted to a prop/loose forward, where he flourished.

In his final year he was selected for the England student side that played in the 4 Nations tournament in Scotland.  Whilst at university he signed for the Hemel Stags who were then in the National Conference, winning the Conference title with them in 2012 after beating Huddersfield Underbank 17-10.

He made the jump with the club when they joined League 1, appearing regularly either starting or from the bench.

In 2016, he followed then Hemel Stags assistant coach Jermaine Coleman to the London Skolars where his game has flourished. Often starting in the thirteen shirt, Chester regularly tops the tackle chart, playing huge minutes and doing all of the often unseen work that allows the Skolars flair players to flourish.

His herculean efforts this season were rewarded with the coaches player of the year accolade, which also saw him come close to players player as well.

Ryan is available for sponsorship this season, if interested, please contact the club on 0208 888 8488 or alternatively louisrobinson@skolarsrl.com

London Skolars will be the first side in the professional game to take on newly formed expansion side the Toronto Wolfpack, as the two sides kick off round 1 of the 2017 season.

The following week will see the Skolars travel away to Newcastle Thunder, which is sure to be a stern test, as the Skolars narrowly edged the side from the North East to secure a place in the 2016 top 8’s.

Several games against southern clubs follow, we welcome Coventry Bears to New River stadium, before travelling to Gloucester and then finally in round 5 on Good Friday we take on Hemel Stags for the first time since their relocation to Dewsbury.

Our longest away journey takes place in July, round 13, as the side make the 325 mile trip to Workington RLFC.

We finish the regular season with two home games, taking on Hunslet in round 14 before finishing up against South Wales Ironmen.

The 2017 season is shaping up to be the most competitive to date, with a host of traditional northern powerhouses accompanied by the fully professional Toronto Wolfpack. Southern clubs such as South Wales and Hemel have re-branded and will be looking to build upon this.

In total the club have 8 home fixtures and 6 away minimum in the regular season, with more to come when the league splits into the 8’s. York are yet to have their place confirmed by the league, even if they are to drop out of the competition the RFL are in talks to replace them, which will be an additional fixture.

Season tickets are now on sale, an earlybird season ticket will cost just £90, Skolars also have great rates for concession’s and season ticket holders.

The club have this year created a London Men’s League Season ticket, and London League Junior ticket, for information regarding these fantastic deals, please contact the club on 0208 888 8488 or louisrobinson@skolarsrl.com

Inspirational captain Dave Williams has today re-signed with the London Skolars for the 2017 season.

Dave is a glowing testament to the player pathway here in London. Having started out at his local club Greenwich Admirals he was soon picked up by the London Bronco’s where he played at every age group before making his first team debut for then Harlequins RL in 2008. He racked up 18 appearances in total, whilst making appearances for London Skolars as part of the dual registration partnership over that time.

He re-signs for the club on the back of a very strong 2016 appearing in almost all of the games despite picking up a knee injury mid-way through the season that would have side-lined most players. During this year he also racked up his 100th appearance for the club over his several spells. His tireless work rate and bone rattling defence earnt him the ultimate respect of his peers, as they voted him their 2016 player of the year.

With the club captain confirmed for this season, and a host of other exciting names on the way, support the Skolars as they look to build on last year by purchasing a season ticket here

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