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Rugby championship status is 'unbelievably important'

It was a huge weekend for rugby league in West Cumbria.

Championship sides Whitehaven and Workington Town escaped relegation on the last day of the regular season and Workington booked a place in the play-offs which could see them promoted to the Super League.

Helen Ford spoke to Workington's vice-chairman Mark Fryer and asked him how important it was that both local sides secured Championship status for next season:

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.


Councillor speaks out on failed World Cup bid.

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:

"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."

– Councillor David Moore
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