London Broncos Coach Danny Ward has said the club has a 5 year plan of “where it wants to be ” and that it doesn’t want to just make up the numbers in Super League .
London won a tense Million Pound Game 4-2 in Toronto last night , one of very few games of rugby without a try being scored in the game , to earn the right to be promoted back to Super League for 2019 . The club are calling last nights game the “biggest in their history since the 1999 Challenge Cup Final ” .
Ward told BBC London earlier today ” Next year is going to be tough but we want a long-term vision to make London the best club in the country. We don’t just want to compete in Super League, but win it. We are not there just to survive. To lead the club into the Million Pound Game and win promotion is one of my biggest ever achievements.”
Having Super League back south of Watford provides a huge opportunity for the sport as it looks to reverse the trend of falling attendances . The club have worked hard on Junior Development in the South and Ward says there were 6 local lads in the side to face Toronto last night .
The club will play home games at Ealing Trailfinders sports club which will be upgraded to cope with bigger attendances and it is hoped the chance of playing in Super League will encourage more youngsters in the area to try out the 13 a side code . The work going on in grassroots rugby down South has gone largely unnoticed since 2014 when London dropped out of Super League , but Ward says “We have started something special with junior development . We have got to continue that progress and keep building.”
Whilst it shouldn’t need to there’s no doubt with a side in London Super League should get more column inches in the National media and this could be just the boost the sport needs .