Whitehaven RLFC took home the spoils, beating rivals Workington Town 29-18 in their west Cumbrian derby day clash. It's the first time in eight clashes that Haven have claimed victory.
There were opening day wins for both Workington Town and Whitehaven in Rugby League's Championship. Whitehaven beat York 32 - 22 at home and Town won away at Swinton 14 - 10.
After promotion for both West Cumbrian teams last year, Workington and Whitehaven start their campaigns in the Championship today.
Town start life at the higher level with a trip to Swinton. Whitehaven enjoy home advantage for their first game, against York City Knights, and new head coach Dave Woods told ITV Border that he thinks the future is bright...
Don Gailer speaks to Ryan Dollard ahead of Whitehaven's game against South Wales.
The Chairman of Britain's Energy Coast, the group that are one of the major funders of the Pow Beck stadium, speaks to ITV Border. He told us what he thought about the fact the World Cup matches will no longer be held at Whitehaven:
Cllr David Moore, Leader of the Opposition for Copeland Council is against the plans for a new stadium at Pow Beck. He said no business plan was ever presented to the council and that new plans should be drawn for a Copeland stadium elsewhere. He said:
– Councillor David Moore
"I take not satisfaction in being vindicated but I've said all along that this scheme didn't stack up. And if you're taking forward a £5 million stadium without a business plan there are going to be problems.
This issue with not owning the access has been there for the last18months and I can't believe they have been so naïve to push forward withthis without owning the access in. It isn't the miners' fault, they are only looking after their members.
It was wrong to accept the World Cup games and raise the hopesof the people of west Cumbria. This is an international embarrassment."
This statement has just been released by the Rugby Football League:
Rugby League World Cup 2013 have announced today that the Scotland v Tonga and Scotland v Italy matches will no longer take place in Whitehaven.
Despite much hard work and dialogue with their partners, Copeland Borough Council are no longer able to guarantee the building of Pow Beck Stadium, within the timeframe required by the tournament.
Sally Bolton RLWC2013 General Manager said
“When selecting Copeland as a host RLWC2013’s selection committee were very supportive of the idea of building a new stadium in Whitehaven as a way of growing the game in West Cumbria.
“The fact that Copeland Borough Council are no longer able to deliver that is disappointing primarily for the people of West Cumbria, who will not benefit from being part of RLWC2013, the biggest sporting event in the UK to take place after London 2012.
– Sally Bolton RLWC2013
“As the Copeland bid was predicated on the building of a new stadium our strategy always included a robust contingency plan, which has now been put into place and we will announce the replacement venues shortly”.