The Liontrust London Youth & Junior League kicked off last weekend with the season opening 9 a-side festivals across the region.
While the Greenwich Admirals are only running an adults team in 2013, new club Charlton Gunners have netered teams into the league at U/12s and U/16s and both look like they have plenty to offer to the competition.
Barking and Dagenham Bulldogs were joined by Newham Dockers at the U/19s event in Medway, while the later also entered teams at U/14s and U/16s.
East London Rugby League Project Manager Steve Davis is very pleased with the additional teams. “We have had some steady growth and some successful delivery in local schools which has seen interest rise.
“A new team at U/16s for the Dockers was a target but the U/19s is a great addition that we certainly were not banking on.
“Then out of nowhere, Charlton Gunners were formed and now they have two very strong teams who will both compete for titles.
“It is very pleasing to see the game grow in the east of London”.
The regular league season runs until July upon which point the top ranked teams battle it out to be crowned champions.