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Big weekend for Cumbria's rugby league teams

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It's a big weekend for rugby league fans in Cumbria, with three of our sides in action in the 4th round of the Challenge Cup.

Amateur side, Kells, took on the might of Toronto Wolfpack last night at Whitehaven's Recreation Ground. But despite some excellent defensive play they were eventually well beaten 6-56.

Tomorrow Whitehaven are at home to Dewsbury Rams and Workington Town play host to London Broncos. Both games start at 3pm.

Former England international named Workington coach

Pryce has signed a two year deal Credit: Workington Town

Workington Town have unveiled former England international Leon Pryce as the new coach at Derwent Park.

The 36-year-old has just called time on a playing career that saw him win four Grand Finals, six Challenge cups and 17 Great Britain caps.

Pryce has signed a two year deal and will be aiming to drag town out of the third tier next season:

It’s a great move for me and it’s good to get a chance in coaching. I’ve only been retired for six months, so it’s nice to get the opportunity so early.

It’s maybe a little sooner than what I expected, to get my first coaching job, but I think it’s the right opportunity for me. It’s a good level for me to start at too and a good club in Workington."

– Leon Pryce, Head Coach, Workington Town

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Workington Town sign Wales international

Phil Joseph (left) has signed. Credit: Workington Town

Workington Town have signed experienced forward Phil Joseph for the 2017 season.

The Welsh International vice Captain has made over 100 Super League appearances, for Huddersfield, Hull KR, Widnes , Swinton, Salford and most recently Bradford.

I’ve had several offers to continue as a full time player but I also have to think about life after rugby and want to develop my businesses and also give time to my academic studies. Signing for Town was a great opportunity to do that.

Workington is a club with a great history and pedigree. It’s a club that’s very community and family orientated and that’s the kind of environment I love to play in. I know the fans are passionate and knowledgable at Derwent Park and my pal Jarrod Sammut spoke very highly of the club.

Dave Clark and the Board really sold me on what they aim to do with the club over the next few years and I can’t wait to get started.

– Phil Joseph

Workington Town name Clark as Head Coach

Dave Clark unveiled as new Head Coach Credit: Workington Town

Workington Town have unveiled Dave Clark as their new Head Coach.

The Cumbrian-based trainer will replace Australian Phil Veivers who parted company with the club last month.

‘’I’m very honoured to join Workington Town. The Directors shared their ambitions with me and I was impressed with how they want to position the club for the future."

– Dave Clark

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Rugby derby points 'more important to Whitehaven'

Training. Credit: ITV Border

Workington and Whitehaven go head to head in the Rugby League Championship this weekend.

Workington are currently bottom of the table with Whitehaven just a place above.

As well as local bragging rights two vital league points are also at stake.

There are a few of us around the eight points mark in the bottom three or four. So it is two points that are more vital for Whitehaven this weekend.

– James Robinson, Whitehaven RLFC
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