Before pre-season kicks off on 2nd February, we’re looking ahead to a new season and new challenges as part of the Southern Conference League, newly launched by the RFL.
Recent seasons have brought unrivalled success for the club in the London & South East Championship: reaching the final in our debut year and winning the competition in 2017 and 2018. This year marks a new chapter in the club’s exciting history and a step up to compete in the highest tier of amateur Rugby League in the country.
The fixture list for the Eastern Division will be longer and tougher than before, as we face off against familiar faces and fresh opposition to earn the right to compete against teams from out west for the overall 2019 Southern Conference League title.
This significant step up in quality means that squad preparation is already underway to set new standards and exceed expectations, but it’s not just an exciting time for the Bulls but for the entire Rugby League community in the south.
Marc Lovering, Director of Participation and Development at the RFL, writes, “having a more competitive league will allow us to showcase the best the south has to offer in one competition – helping us to raise the profile of Rugby League.” Lovering also points to the return of London Broncos to the top tier of the professional game as welcome news for southern fans.
We couldn’t agree more.
Jack Hancock, who joined Brixton Bulls in 2017 after moving from Warrington, shared his thoughts: “The RFL has recognised that southern teams are bridging the gap in the level of competition and in terms of development, providing excellent talent for the future of rugby league as a sport. This new competition will help to further develop clubs outside of the games traditional heartlands.”
Active recruitment is underway for our men’s, women’s and mini’s teams, but a tantalising prospect for 2019 are the double-header fixtures throughout the campaign as our First Grade and Academy teams take on clubs from across the country. These will be proud days for the club and we can’t wait for the chance to show the strength of South London’s only Rugby League club on a bigger stage.
Kelland Thomas-Smith, who has come through the ranks from the Juniors and represented Brixton in the England Lions team, says “I’ve been proud to represent my club and my home at every age group, and the chance to make a bigger name for Brixton across rugby league in the south is one we were never going to turn down. It’s a massive opportunity for the club and for individual players to take their game to the next level.”
If you’re interested in joining Brixton Bulls at any level, get in touch and we’ll see you all at the other side of what’s bound to be a historic year for the club.