London Skolars have signed former Brisbane Broncos contracted player Simona Vavega for the 2017 season.
Vavega was part of the Broncos junior development system after signing as a 14 year while living on the Sunshine Coast in Australia before training as part of the full-time squad under Wayne Bennett in 2007 to 2008.
An Australian Schoolboy, he was also a scholarship holder of the Wayne Bennet Coached Queensland Academy of Sport Rugby League program and the Australian Institute of Sport.
His first year of Senior football was with the Wests Panthers Colts under coach and former Broncos Forward Glen Lazarus before moving playing at Aspley Colts under former Broncos Hardman and now ACT Brumbies Defence Coach, Peter Ryan.
Vavega spent time playing for Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup, whilst contracted with the Broncos and most recently helped set up the West Brisbane Panthers in the Brisbane A Grade competition.
“I’m really looking forward to the season ahead with the Skolars. Head Coach Jermaine Coleman and his coaching staff have done a great job developing the team and club over the last couple of years and I look forward to being part of that continued development.”
A truly historic day for rugby league and sport is closing in. The highly ambitious venture that is Toronto Wolfpack will kick off their campaign to dominate the World of Rugby league by playing London Skolars at New River Stadium on the White Hart Lane on March 4th 2.30 p.m.
The game kicks off the Kingstone Press League 1 season and a record crowd is expected to descend on Wood Green, North London. Ticket sales have been very strong and have included purchases from as far afield as Holland, Germany and of course Canada. Many true rugby league supporters are also making every effort to be there and be able to say in years to come they were there when the Wolfpack made their debut.
With much anticipation surrounding the match, which will be broadcast live throughout the United Kingdom on Premier Sports, the Skolars are hopeful that a bumper crowd will be in attendance for the match.
The New River Stadium has recently had a £5m face lift, which includes a new clubhouse, offices and gym for the Skolars and a superb new 3g pitch. The facilities are as good as most in League 1 if not most of the Championship. This development really does also show Skolars ambitions to organically improve on and off the field.
The day will be a festival of rugby league with up to 20 London & South East junior league teams taking part in a 9s tournament in the morning at the Under 16 & 18 age groups. Later a Masters Festival involving Masters RL teams from across the South will add to the occasion.
Alongside the extensive festival of rugby, there will also be lots to keep people entertained on the day. The Bryan Adams Experience will also be playing before and after half time. They are one of the UK’s premier tribute acts and will no doubt keep the crowd entertained as the action takes a rest on the field.
In what has become a permanent fixture at London Skolars events, a wide selection of Real Ale will be available in the fans zone. Alongside this, there will be BBQs and other food points. A late bar will be in place also, for those who want to carry on into the evening.
Skolars showed great promise last year to finish in the top 8 and consolidating their position as the leading Southern based side in League 1. The side is largely the same as last year with some key additions such as barn storming Lamont Bryan and ex-Brisbane Bronco Simona Vavega. The coaching team is once again ably led by Head Coach Jermaine Coleman who feels he learnt valuable lessons from last year’s campaign.
The World of Rugby League will be expecting Toronto to walk the game especially after their solid 26 – 20 to Challenge Cup Champions Hull a few weeks ago. However Skolars hope to spring a surprise by hosting the Wolfpack first up and also playing at home on the familiar New River pitch.
Jac Davies the clubs GM had this to say “The game against Toronto is being keenly anticipated by the Rugby World. We are proud we can welcome them to New River & the World Famous White Hart Lane. It should be an awesome day and event and we would encourage all rugby fans to come and witness it. Whether you are a Skolars or Toronto fan we want to see you all out in full. Plus we would encourage fans across the game from League 1, Championship, Super League, the amateur game and beyond to make sure they are here to enjoy the day.
Match kicks off at 2.30 pm. Pre match events start at 10am.
Entrance is £12 for adults & £6 concessions. Tickets can be bought here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kingstone-press-league-1-london-skolars-vs-toronto-wolfpack-tickets-30073751400?aff=efbevent
Wests Warriors will play their third round Challenge Cup tie against Haydock at the New River Stadium.
Warriors will return to the ground where they successfully defeated GB Police in the first round of the competition as part of the hugely successful London Clash.
Speaking of hosting the event, Skolars General Manager Jac Davies commented:
“Whilst we were sad to see London Chargers drop from the competition in R2, we were excited to see Wests progress. With Skolars playing away, we were keen that New River should still host a game for local supporters. We’re building New River as the home of rugby league in London and by hosting two first round games, one in the second round and another in the third, we are living up to that ambition. The facilities here at New River are second to none, a decent sized grandstand and a state of the art playing surface make for a great day for players and supporters”
London Skolars also join the competition in R3, Playing local League 1 rivals Hemel Stags at the Pennine Way Stadium on Sunday 26th Feb at 2pm. It should make for a great weekend of rugby league for local supporters.
Please keep an eye on Skolars’ social media for more information on this and other fixtures in the coming days.
London Skolars are delighted to announce that the club will host London Chargers’ second round cup tie against Fryston Warriors. The fixture ill be Chargers’s second Challenge Cup game at the New River Stadium, having played their round 1 fixture as the opening game of the London Clash on 28th January. Chargers were victorious in a 116-0 game against Bridgend Blue Bulls.
Speaking on the fixture’s announcement, Skolars General Manager Jac Davies said:
“We’re very pleased that we are able to host one of our London partners yet again even so early in the season. This adds further kudos to Skolars’s ethos of developing the game in London. We must take a multi faceted approach to developing the sport in London. We’re working hard on engaging with, and delivering coaching in schools across north London, we have our academy programme in association with Barnet and Southgate College to incubate young talent, and by supporting our local clubs we are able to sustain an investment across the entire spectrum of rugby league. Furthermore, we will be delivering club rugby league for women and girls in 2017, increasing participation and interest in the sport.”
Chargers vs Fryston Warriors will kick off at 4pm on Saturday 11th February at the New River Stadium. The game is not ticketed and the Skolars Clubhouse will be open.