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London Skolars have confirmed their pre-season line up with the announcement of the 4th Annual ‘London Clash’, which will take place on Saturday 27th January, 3pm at New River Stadium

The annual fixture is a keenly contested event with Skolars losing narrowly to the Broncos 16 – 18 in January 2017. The men from Haringey will be looking to redress the balance against a Broncos Select XIII, seeking a win for the first time in the history of these fixtures.

As one of the highlights of early season, the game provides a key opportunity for both clubs to test themselves on the back of a rigorous pre-season training programme and as a follow up to the ever popular ‘Capital Challenge’ against Wigan Warriors a week earlier.

Thousands of rugby league fans in London will have the chance to watch and meet the athletes on show which celebrates the very best of London’s ‘home grown’ making its way to the first team of both squads throughout the years. The game also provides an opportunity to see who secures the all-important local bragging rights as unofficial ‘Champions of London’.

A wealth of players in both squads have been produced by the ever growing London development programmes; some via the Skolars, such as Daniel Hindmarsh and via the Broncos pathways for players such as Louis Robinson. The match hails a meeting of North London versus West London in a match that has evolved to a game of real significance to fans and players alike.

The main event will be supported by an exciting curtain raiser between leading London amateur teams, London Chargers and West Warriors extending the London-vibe for the popular event.

The New River experience will feature a real ale festival from midday to help lubricate the voices of the passionate fans of both sides.

Early bird tickets for the game are available from only £12 until 1st January, with entry on the day £15 for adults and just £5 for a junior season ticket.

Hospitality tables are also available for £40 per person (+vat) or £350 (+vat) for a table of 10.

Tickets can be bought via our partners at Eventbrite:


The Rugby Football League have today announced the League 1 fixtures for the 2018 season.

The Skolars face a stern test with an opening visit to North Wales Crusaders followed by a trip former Super League giants, Bradford Bulls, at Odsal a week later.

New River will play host to Newcastle Thunder in the seasons home opener on Saturday March 10th, kick off, 3pm.

The hugely successful Friday Night Lights concept returns on the eve of the Challenge Cup Final as the men from Haringey welcome the Keighley Cougars.

Skolars General Manager, Simon Fox, said:

“League 1 is shaping up to be the most competitive season in the history of the competition. There are some big names we will have the pleasure of welcoming to North London and New River Stadium including the likes of the Bradford Bulls and North Wales Crusaders.”We also have a real litmus test leading up to that as we host the current World Champions, Wigan Warriors at the Honourable Artillery Company in the City of London for the Capital Challenge match on January 19th.

“We’re looking forward to 2018; it will be a great marker for our progress as a team and brand. We’d encourage all fans of rugby league who’d like to feel the warmth of our North London hospitality, to make a visit to New River next year and enjoy a great family day out.”

Season tickets for 2018 are available from only £5 for juniors and £110 for adults via our partners Eventbrite @ 

Sunday, Feb 18 (RFL) North Wales Crusaders Queensway Stadium Away 2.30pm
Sunday, Mar 4 (RFL) Bradford Bulls Provident Stadium Away 3pm
Saturday, Mar 10 (RFL) Newcastle Thunder New River Stadium Home 3pm
Saturday, Mar 24 (RFL) Workington Town New River Stadium Home 3pm
Friday, Mar 30 (RFL) Hemel Stags Pennine Way Away 2pm
Saturday, Apr 7 (RFL) West Wales Raiders New River Stadium Home 3pm
Sunday, Apr 15 (RFL) York City Knights Bootham Crescent Away 3pm
Sunday, Apr 29 (RFL) Coventry Bears Butts Park Arena Away 3pm
Saturday, May 5 (RFL) Doncaster New River Stadium Home 3pm
Saturday, May 19 (RFL) Whitehaven New River Stadium Home 3pm
Sunday, May 27 (RFL) Keighley Cougars Cougar Park Away 3pm
Saturday, Jun 9 (RFL) Hunslet New River Stadium Home 3pm
Sunday, Jun 17 (RFL) Oldham TBC Away 3pm
Saturday, Jun 23 (RFL) North Wales Crusaders New River Stadium Home 3pm
Saturday, Jun 30 (RFL) West Wales Raiders Stebonheath Park Away 3pm
Saturday, Jul 7 (RFL) Coventry Bears New River Stadium Home 3pm
Saturday, Jul 14 (RFL) York City Knights New River Stadium Home 3pm
Sunday, Jul 22 (RFL) Whitehaven Recreation Ground Away 3pm
Saturday, Jul 28 (RFL) Bradford Bulls New River Stadium Home 3pm
Sunday, Aug 5 (RFL) Newcastle Thunder Kingston Park Away 3pm
Sunday, Aug 12 (RFL) Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium Away 3pm
Friday, Aug 24 (RFL) Keighley Cougars New River Stadium Home 7pm
Sunday, Sep 2 (RFL) Hunslet South Leeds Stadium Away 3pm
Saturday, Sep 8 (RFL) Hemel Stags New River Stadium Home 3pm
Sunday, Sep 16 (RFL) Workington Town Derwent Park Away 3pm
Saturday, Sep 22 (RFL) Oldham New River Stadium Home 3pm

Capital Challenge guest speaker, Joel TomkinsJoel Tomkins, Current Wigan RL, England RL international, former Saracens and England RU international, has been announced as the guest speaker at the London Skolars hugely popular yearly celebration.

The wide-running second rower is currently in his second stint with the Wigan Warriors, the games most decorated and renowned club.

The event takes place on Friday January 19th at the Honourable Artilery Company, based near Old Street in the City of London.

Joel Tomkins, said:

“The Annual Capital Challenge is a great start to Super League preparations at Wigan and we always face a highly competitive and energetic London Skolars team. They are a real credit to the growth of the game in the capital and I’m also really excited at being invited to be the guest speaker at the event. I look forward to meeting everyone on January 19th at the Honourable Artillery Company in the City.”

Admission tickets for the event are open to all fans of rugby league and can be booked via

Hospitality packages including a 3 course meal including wine, are available from just £125pp and can be booked via or by calling 0208 888 8488.

The Skolars 1995 clubhouse plays host today, Saturday 21st October, to a very special ‘homecoming’ end of season #IAMASKOLAR celebratory awards.

Doors open from 3pm at Skolars New River Sports Stadium in Wood Green with presentations for the (very cute, but tough!) minis, top quality juniors followed by all age levels commencing from 3.30pm. Skolars 1st Team awards get underway from 6.30pm followed by a Skolars-style celebration for the London legend and YOUR Captain, Dave ‘Pencil’ Williams, at 7.30pm.

The GIANT of London RL has hung up his boots and zipped up the kit bag for the final time. With over 140 appearances for the men from New River alongside stints with Quins and Broncos, Dave made his Super League debut in August 2008 against Hull FC and former Skolar, Gareth Raynor. Tomorrow is your final chance to say a big Skolars thank you and bon voyage to the big man.

Fresh chicken street food experts, ‘Chiquen’, based at The Mall in Wood Green, will also be on hand with FREE (yes we love a freebie too) samples of all their delights including fire grilled chicken, strips, grilled wings, fire roasted potatoes, awesome fries, fresh coleslaw and a range of their fab sauces and blends.


A range of special cut price drinks deals will also be on offer for eager fans at London’s ONLY dedicated Rugby League bar.

It promises to be a HUGE day of all things #Skolars. So, time to party like it’s Saturday night; bring your friends, family, partners, non-partners, drinking buddies, those you wish to impress, those you wish to be smug with and most of all, bring your Skolars PRIDE.

Oh, and don’t forget to take lots of pics for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook….(to show the poor souls stuck at home watching TV talent shows)!

DRESS CODE: Dress down, dress up (tuxedo if you wish) – but smart casual and even Skolars replica kit works for us!

Here’s the lowdown….

3pm:                      Skolars Clubhouse opens (for 3.30pm start)

3.30pm                  Juniors Arrival for 4pm presentation

4pm:                      Junior Presentations begin

4.25pm:                 Additional age group presentations

5pm:                       It’s……CHIQUEN TIME!!! Free 2 hours (yes lots of food) of delicious delights

5.30pm:                 Presentations Finish

6pm:                       Skolars 1st Team players arrival

6.30pm:                 Player presentations with Head Coach, Jermaine Coleman

7.15pm:                  Presentations conclude

7.30pm:                 Dave Williams welcome and presentation

7.45pm:                  Party the night away!

Till Late:                 Carriages and close

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