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Whitehaven referee lands Challenge Cup final clash

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A rugby referee from Whitehaven has landed the Challenge Cup final clash between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves.

Gareth Hewer will referee the fixture, being held at Wembley Stadium on August 27th.

The 34-year-old, who works at Sellafield, has been officiating for 12 years and was named Referee of the Year in 2009.

Speaking to, he said it was his "dream come true".


Rugby League memorabilia showcases sport's history

A touring exhibition of rugby memorabilia has arrived in Whitehaven to showcase the history of the sport.

The exhibition includes the ball from the 1954 Challenge Cup final and a shirt from the 1930s.

The display is on at the town's Civic Hall until Thursday.

"It's an exhibition about the whole history of rugby league from the very top, from Super League, all the way down to the local community and school's teams so it encompasses everything that makes rugby league."

– Tony Collins, Rugby League historian

Report into Rugby League future in west Cumbria to be released.

A match between local rivals Workington and Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The long awaited Rapley Report will be made public at noon.

The report was commissioned in 2013 by the RFL, Whitehaven and Workington Town Rugby clubs.

It is due to recommend how to take the clubs forward and make them thrive once more.

In recent years both cubs have struggled with attendance figures.

It's thought the idea of merging the two rival clubs into a 'super club' has been discussed.

WATCH: West Cumbria rugby league derby

Yesterday saw the big west Cumbrian derby between Whitehaven and Workington Town.

Local rivalry means this is always a big game but with both clubs fighting the threat of relegation the stakes could hardly have been higher and the stage was set for an epic encounter. For one set of supporters the reality was rather different. Ryan Dollard reports.


Workington outperform Whitehaven to claim derby victory

Whitehaven have suffered a heavy defeat to Workington Town in today's West Cumbrian Rugby League derby.

Haven were beaten 6-28 in front of more than 1,700 supporters at the Recreation Ground.

The home side looked in danger of ending the game scoreless until a late consolation try gave a hint of respectability to the scoreline.

  • Watch all the action from the derby tomorrow on Lookaround at 6pm.

Rugby League results

In Rugby League Workington Town lost to Sheffield Eagles fourteen points to twelve, despite a strong second half comeback from town.

But Whitehaven managed to chalk up their first win of the Championship season with an eighteen sixteen win over London Broncos. John Paul Brocklebank scoring the crucial try at the recreation ground that lifts Haven off the bottom of the division.

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