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Workington to host Rugby League World Cup 2013 games

Workington will be the proud host of two Rugby League World Cup games, it has been announced today.

Dave Bowden photo
Dave Bowden

The Tonga versus Scotland and Scotland against Italy matches will be held at Workington Town’s Derwent Park, following a successful bid from Allerdale Council and the club.

Workington Town’s Dave Bowden said: “We are absolutely delighted with the news that the World Cup will be coming to Cumbria after it looked as though it had been lost.

“Enormous credit must go to Allerdale council leader Alan Smith and executive member Mark Fryer who were passionate about making sure the World Cup wasn’t lost.

“And credit must also go to the board of Britain's Energy Coast who were also determined to ensure our application was successful.

“The work now begins on ensuring that the stadium meets the criteria the RFL has set for upgrading Derwent Park.”

Council leader Alan Smith, said: “This 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 matches, I was determined that this council would do everything it could to try and secure the events.”

The tournament kicks off on Saturday, October 26 2013 and will be staged in four countries with matches played in England, Wales, Ireland and France, with the final on Saturday, November 30.

The matches were originally planned to be staged at the proposed Pow Beck Stadium in Whitehaven but guarantees could not be obtained that the new stadium would be built in time.

Organisers received proposals for the replacement venue from both existing world cup venues and some new areas.

However, the favoured option was always to keep the games in west Cumbria if possible.

The World Cup tournament director Nigel Wood said: “We are delighted to announce that these two matches will be played at Derwent Park and that they will therefore be staying in west Cumbria.

“One of the stated values for the World Cup is passion for the game and we believe that is reflected by rugby league fans across west Cumbria.

“So above all this is great news for those fans.”

Have your say

Couldn't agree more with John Hunter (Posted on 18 July 2012 at 14:26). In Australia the famous St George Dragons have merged with the "not so famous" Illawara Steelers and Western Suburbs have merged with Balmain. Despite the whining & whinging from the diehard supporters of each team both mergers have been successful with the merged teams "ground sharing". Perhaps common sense and reality are hard to admit to in West Cumb ?
Oh and just for the record I've seen many games at both The Rec and Derwent Park(even before speedway days) as I grew up in West Cumb.
Watched Haven against Barrow this morning courtesy of Setanta and I think Haven need to go back to the drawing board before they have any more dreams about joining Super League.
And tomorrow night I'll be at one of the best stadiums in the world for watching RL/RU & soccer - Lang Park in Brisbane.

Posted by Smudge on 20 July 2012 at 00:19

Italy, Tonga, Scotland, what do they have in common?
For a start off Puzzled they all played in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Posted by Smudge on 19 July 2012 at 23:58

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