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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.

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

Whitehaven referee lands Challenge Cup final clash

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A rugby referee from Whitehaven has landed the Challenge Cup final clash between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves.

Gareth Hewer will referee the fixture, being held at Wembley Stadium on August 27th.

The 34-year-old, who works at Sellafield, has been officiating for 12 years and was named Referee of the Year in 2009.

Speaking to, he said it was his "dream come true".


Rugby League memorabilia showcases sport's history

A touring exhibition of rugby memorabilia has arrived in Whitehaven to showcase the history of the sport.

The exhibition includes the ball from the 1954 Challenge Cup final and a shirt from the 1930s.

The display is on at the town's Civic Hall until Thursday.

"It's an exhibition about the whole history of rugby league from the very top, from Super League, all the way down to the local community and school's teams so it encompasses everything that makes rugby league."

– Tony Collins, Rugby League historian

Report into Rugby League future in west Cumbria to be released.

A match between local rivals Workington and Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

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.

WATCH: West Cumbria rugby league derby

Yesterday saw the big west Cumbrian derby between Whitehaven and Workington Town.

Local rivalry means this is always a big game but with both clubs fighting the threat of relegation the stakes could hardly have been higher and the stage was set for an epic encounter. For one set of supporters the reality was rather different. Ryan Dollard reports.

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