Workington World Cup legacy

Tourism organisations in West Cumbria are trying to calculate the economic benefits of the two rugby league world cup games staged in the county.

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In Pictures: Workington hosts Rugby League World Cup

Cadets line up ahead of Scotland's game at Derwent Park Credit: Gary McKeating
A happy crowd look on Credit: Gary McKeating
The Scottish flag is presented Credit: Gary McKeating
A saxophone player entertains young people from the town Credit: Gary McKeating
The games were attended by thousands of fans Credit: Gary McKeating
Performers lined the street during the events Credit: Gary McKeating
Some of the more interesting performance sights Credit: Gary McKeating
The Rugby League World Cup Credit: Gary McKeating
Cheerleaders at the ground Credit: Gary McKeating
Children from a local school at the games Credit: Gary McKeating

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"Lasting legacy" of Rugby League World Cup

The Rugby League World Cup will leave a lasting legacy in West Cumbria, according to organisers speaking today.

Thousands of rugby enthusiasts attended both games at Derwent Park to cheer on Scotland as they took on Tonga and Italy.

Organisers say tourism, the game and the community have all benefitted from hosting the Scottish team over the two week period.

The matches were complimented by a strong community engagement programme which saw the World Cup visit schools across the county and schoolchildren were heavily involved on match days and during the parades.

Organisers at Workington Town plan to continue their community engagement programmes following the World Cup success.

Economic legacy of Rugby League World Cup to be calculated

Scotland celebrate a try during their game against Italy at the weekend Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tourism organisations in West Cumbria are trying to calculate the economic benefits of the two rugby league world cup games staged in the county.

It was estimated before the matches that they would bring in three quarters of a million pounds.

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West Cumbrian fans praised by Scottish coach

Scotland coach Steve McCormack praised west Cumbrian fans again last night after a crowd of more than seven thousand saw his side draw with Italy and keep their hopes of progressing in the Rugby League World Cup alive.

Scotland raced ahead at Derwent Park with tries from Matt Russell and Kane Linnett put them 14-0 ahead.

Raymond Nasso and Cameron Ciraldo scored for Italy to bring them within two points at 14-12 at the interval.

Chris Centrone and Anthony Minichiello dragged Italy into the lead for the first time in the match before Hellewell's try ensured both sides picked up a point.

Thousands watch world cup tie

The magic of the Rugby League World Cup has continued to attract large crowds of supporters to Workington.

Many today were Scotland fans. Their side faced Italy, in front of an expectant Tartan Army.

And an exciting game ended in an unexpected draw. The result, Scotland 30 - 30 Italy.

Ryan Dollard sent this report.

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