Rugby league: Broncos are going back to The Valley

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THE LONDON BRONCOS are to commute across the capital again by moving from The Stoop in Twickenham back to their old stomping ground at The Valley.

The club will announce today that it is to leave Harlequins' ground - its home for the last three seasons - in favour of moving in once more with Charlton Athletic, its landlord for the first season of Super League in 1996.

The Broncos, who have led a nomadic existence since their birth as Fulham in 1980, moved out of The Valley in 1997, citing the high cost of playing there and its running costs and their difficulty in drawing consistently viable crowds that are now driving them from The Stoop.

It is one of a number of changes for the Broncos, with John Monie already appointed as their new coach and Frank Napoli, a member of the Italian side, confirmed as the first of a series of new signings, more of which will be announced on Monday.

Britain is to recommend to the International Federation that the World Nines should be revived and played at Walt Disney World in Florida in January 2001. The complex has just successfully staged the World Cup qualifier between the United States and Lebanon and the World Cup operations director, Jason Harborow, said: "The facilities are magnificent and both we and Disney are keen to stage other events."

The Nines were supposed to have been organised in South Africa earlier this year, but were called off when TV deals failed to materialise. Orlando would be an attractive location for a revival, but it must be hoped that Disney will not be put off by the car park brawl involving players from the American, Lebanese and Italian sides that led to an American player being taken to hospital following the play-off.

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