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.
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...
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:
"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."