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Town and Warriors to partner in 2015

Wigan Warriors will again partner with Championship side rugby team Workington Town during 2015.

Players from the Wigan team will head to Workington throughout the season to gain vital experience.

Last year several Wigan players including Greg Burke, Connor Farrell and Lewis Tierney spent time at the Cumbria club.

Workington Town will face Wigan Warriors in a friendly on 1st February next year, the final warm-up game ahead of the new Super League season.

"We are delighted that we will be continuing our partnership with Workington Town for the 2015 season.

We have had a number of partnerships over the years but this has undoubtedly been the best. It has been a reciprocal relationship that has seen us both benefit. The main thing for us is that the players have been looked after and have enjoyed playing for the town. We are very comfortable trusting Workington with our players and have certainly seen an improve in those that played there in 2014."

– Wigan Warriors Rugby General Manager, Kris Radlinski

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'I am pretty sure we will match them'

In Rugby League, Whitehaven have a Cumbrian derby against Barrow on Sunday in the championship.

Workington Town will be looking to build on back to back wins over Featherstone and Swinton when they take on Batley at Derwent Park.

Head coach Phil Veivers has an improving squad and is looking to add more players as the season goes on.

He's aware that the visitors pose a strong challenge but says he is confident that his team have the tools to make it three wins in a row.

Melrose 'disappointed' at withdrawal

Melrose have spoke of their disappointment at the news that they are being withdrawn from the British & Irish Cup.

Changes to the structure of the competition has seen Melrose and Gala both being withdrawn from the competition alongside Ayr and Heriot’s.

The Scottish Rugby Union have said playing six games at that time of the season would compromise the integrity of the BT Scottish Premiership competition.

"While we are disappointed we recognise we have to maintain the quality and integrity of our own BT Premiership competition."

– Mike Dalgetty, Melrose Director of Rugby

Gala Head Coach George Graham regrets the missed opportunity for his players who will not now be playing rugby at that higher level next season.

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Melrose and Gala withdrawn from British & Irish Cup

The Scottish Rugby Union have withdrawn Melrose and Gala from the British & Irish Cup competition.

Ayr and Heriot’s have also been withdrawn after talks broke down between Scotland and the other three home unions.

The B&I Cup will be restructured next season, with six games set to be played before Christmas.

The SRU have said playing six games at that time of the season would compromise the integrity of the BT Scottish Premiership competition.

Rugby legend dies aged 81

Scottish rugby legend Hugh McLeod has passed away aged 81.

Throughout his career he played for Scotland, the Barbarians, the British Lions, and his home club Hawick RFC.

McLeod scores a try for Hawick, 1963 Credit: PA

McLeod captained Scotland 40 times between 1954 and 1962. He retired aged 29 because, as he said, "forty is a nice round figure."

At Hawick RFC, he was nicknamed the 'Hawick hardman', reflecting his performance on the field. He later became president.

Current Hawick president, Rory Bannerman, said:

"He was... a legend throughout the rugby world. He will be a well missed figure cycling up and down the High Street in Hawick where you didn't want to get in his way just like on the field. Hugh was probably the greatest ever player to pull on the green jersey for Hawick."

The history behind Melrose Sevens

Rugby Sevens was founded in Melrose back in 1883 and is now played internationally

The idea of the sevens tournament.was thought up by Melrose-based butcher, Ned Haig, as a means to generate more cash for the rugby club.

Melrose Sevens was first played at The Greenyards, Melrose Rugby Club's home ground, where it is still played today. This year is the 124th tournament.

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