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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Total white-out for Cumbria rugby union

FOR the first time in a long time every first team in Cumbria was left idle on Saturday by the great freeze-out.

A heavy frost across Cumbria and the North West meant that all the league rugby union games involving first XVs were called off.

Last to go was the Cumbria League clash at the Ellis Sports Ground between Workington Steelers and Egremont but that also got the thumbs down at 11.30am.

Several games were called off on Friday night while other clubs waited for an early pitch inspection before reaching the inevitable decision.

Kirkby Lonsdale were particularly disappointed about losing their North Lancs Cumbria League game with Heaton Moor as they had organised a past-players’ lunch.

Fixtures secretary Brian Bradshaw said: “We have 70 coming and they will still enjoy a roast beef dinner but we would rather have liked some rugby to go with it.”

Kirkby Lonsdale against Heaton Moor and St Benedict’s versus Workington were the two stand-out games in North Lancs Cumbria – fourth against third and fifth against second.

Meanwhile Cumbria League club Creighton have put Andrew Goodfellow and Alex Langley in joint charge of team affairs following the resignation of player coach Graham Kidd.

He quit two weeks ago and has subsequently been appointed player coach of Carlisle Crusaders, the Warwick Road club’s second team. He is a former Carlisle player and had been with Creighton for 18 months.

It’s part of a re-shuffle at the Carlisle club. Paul Grealish, who was first XV team manager, relinquished the position earlier in the season, due to work commitments. He remains on the club’s general committee.

Peter Riddle, who has been team manager for the Crusaders for a number of years has stepped up to take on the first XV role, and was in charge for the trip to Pontefract for the first time.

Kidd takes on the player-coaching role with the second team and Richard Liddle takes over the second team management role vacated by Grealish.

Goodfellow, a fly-half, and Langley, a utility forward, are both Creighton players on the long-term injured list.

Langley is the son of chairman of rugby Ian Langley, who said: “The two of them will take charge until the end of the season and then we will re-assess the situation.”

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