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Full Report: Workington's world cup legacy

The Rugby League World Cup has officially left West Cumbria.

The Scottish team have departed for their next fixture, having made a terrific impact on the local economy, tourism and the next generation of fans.

Hotels were fully booked, the players spent time in the community and the town was booming. The plan now, is to build on that success.

Samantha Parker reports.

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.

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