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A West Cumbrian sports reporter says the Rapley Report suggests a merger would "probably be the best way forward for both clubs".
Tom Carlisle from the News and Star says:
If a merger was to take place it would need the backing of the players, the fans, the clubs and all the major stakeholders".
However the message from Whitehaven's board of directors is different, saying:
There is no overt recommendation of a merger within the report.
The possibility of a merger is no longer present"
Workington Town have so far declined to comment.
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Whitehaven Rugby League Club have denied the Rapley Report suggests the club should merge with rivals Workington Town.
Responding to the findings of Rapley report the club cites unhappiness at the funding for Championship clubs, before claiming:
the possibility of a merger is no longer present".
The statement by the Board of Directors says:
It is pleasing that there is no overt recommendation of a merger within the report and thus we can continue down the path we have recently started of long term plans for the club".
The statement concludes: "With the above in mind and the possibility of a merger no longer present, the distraction of the Rapley report can be put behind us and the club can move forward with its own plans for expansion and re–development at the Recreation Ground".
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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.
Workington Town leapfrogged Whitehaven RLFC in the Kingstone Press League One table this weekend.
Following on from their victory in the West Cumbria derby, Town beat the London Broncos 29-18, to go eighth in the table.
Whitehaven's slump continued. They went down 16-34 against Dewsbury Rams, and now sit tenth in the table.
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Yesterday saw the big west Cumbrian derby between Whitehaven and Workington Town.
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Tomorrow is the West Cumbrian Rugby League derby and it's a must win game for both clubs.
With the two sides struggling at the foot of the championship, neither Whitehaven nor Workington Town can afford defeat.