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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.

Rugby match called off because of water-logged pitch

The giants of rugby league, Wigan Warriors, were due to play Workington Town today. Credit: PA

Today's scheduled game between Workington Town and rugby league giants Wigan Warriors has been called off. Heavy rain led to the pitch at Derwent Park becoming water-logged.

Discussions are ongoing to try and rearrange the fixture.

It was a testimonial match in honour of Wigan's Paul Prescott, whose career was recently ended through injury.


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

"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.

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