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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.

New coach appointed for Whitehaven

Whitehaven RLFC have appointed former Catalan Dragons boss Steve Deakin as their new coach.

The rugby league coach has been given a two year contract at the club.

Steve Deakin, picture in 2005 Credit: Gareth Copley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Haven survive

Whitehaven have avoided relegation on a tense day of Rugby League.

Haven beat Swinton 44-18 at Leigh Sports Village, but still had to endure a nervous wait to see if results elsewhere would save them.

In the end a late try by Featherstone in their game with Keighley meant that it was the Yorkshire side who drop out of the Championship, with Whitehaven finishing above them by a single point.

Workington Town beat Dewsbury Rams 23-4 to secure a play-off place.

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