Allerdale Borough Council have confirmed that the 2013 Rugby League world cup will be played in Workington.
There were fears that west Cumbria had lost out when it was revealed the ground at Whitehaven wouldn't be ready in time.
The announcement follows the decision by Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive to underwrite works at Derwent Park,Workington in order to secure the opportunity for West Cumbria to provide avenue for the event. The council leader Alan Smith said in a statement:
“This is brilliant news! RLWC2013 is a highly prestigious event, which will bring profile and trade to the area, and strongly aligns to the Council’s commitment to support festivals and events.
“When I heard that West Cumbria might not get any RLWC2013 matches, I was determined that this Council would do everything it could to try and secure the events. I am delighted that our efforts have paid off and I thank all those involved, especially Workington Town RLFC and Britain’s EnergyCoast, for pulling together with us to bring the RLWC2013 to West Cumbria.”