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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Wolves duo set to play in memorial game

WARRINGTON Wolves duo Jon Clarke and Ben Harrison are the latest big names to pledge their commitment to the Cumbrian side to face England in the Britain’s Energy Coast Challenge clash at Whitehaven.

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The Challenge Cup Finalists have strong Cumbrian connections with coach Tony Smith having played at Workington Town and Whitehaven-born Gary Chambers part of the Warrington coaching staff.

Cumbria coach Paul Crarey said: “The squad is starting to gather momentum and the addition of quality players like Jon and Ben will be a huge boost as well as providing top class entertainment for the fans.”

Clarke’s family hails from Cockermouth and he was keen to offer his services for the match, which will raise funds for the young family of the late Haven and Workington Town forward Garry Purdham.

He said: “It would be an honour to play in such a significant game in the memory of Garry Purdham and to represent Cumbrian rugby league.”

Barrow-born Ben Harrison, whose brother Liam plays for Championship side Barrow added: “Being a proud Cumbrian it is a privilege to be asked to represent Garry Purdham’s family and Cumbrian rugby league in a game that will showcase all that is good about the Cumbrian community spirit.”

The match will be played on Sunday, October 3, the day after the Super League Grand Final.

Ticketing arrangements, which will be by means of a commemorative programme, are nearing completion and details will be released shortly.

Team manager Mark Fryer said: “Of course it is possible that some of the players at Super League clubs could have Grand Final commitments, or in some cases England call-ups, but with further positive responses awaiting confirmation we’re sure to have a really strong side.”

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