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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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Rugby League teams to be reviewed

The Rugby Football League have unveiled plans for a major review of the game in West Cumbria which hasn't ruled out the merger of the two professional clubs Workington Town and Whitehaven.

Following the success of the Rugby World Cup last year that saw more than 14,000 fans attended two matches at Workington's Derwent Park, the RFL has commissioned the report which will be completed later this summer.

West Cumbria rugby reviewed

The Rugby Football League has decided to review West Cumbria's rugby teams.

During the World Cup games crowds of 14,000 poured to watch the games which has now dropped to crowds of 700 people.

Both rugby teams have said they will work together to face mutual challenges and that the possibility of merging the teams cannot be ruled out until further evidence has been reviewed.

The review aims to create an environment for both rugby teams to flourish.

Wins for Gala and Melrose set up title clash

Gala and Melrose have both won their Scottish Premiership matches this afternoon.

Gala beat Stirling, while Melrose beat Aberdeen.

It means the title will be decided when the teams play in three weeks time - just two miles apart.

Gala will be at home to Ayr, and Melrose at home to Currie.

If Gala win, it will be for the first time in 31 years.

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