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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Tickets on sale for Workington Rugby League World Cup games

Tickets have gone on sale for the eagerly anticipated 2013 Rugby League World Cup games at Workington’s Derwent Park.

Tickets are on general sale for Scotland against Tonga on October 29 and Scotland v Italy on November 3.

Tickets start at £10 and £5 for concessions for both games and are available at www.rlwc2013.com.

There is also a link to the Rugby League World Cup website on Workington Town’s own website.

Barry Scholey, commercial manager at Workington Town, said that it was hoped in the future that tickets could be purchased directly from the club.

Meanwhile, work being carried out at Derwent Park in preparation for the World Cup is progressing well.

The club secured £350,000 funding from Britain’s Energy Coast for the transformation, and hired Workington contractors Stobbarts to carry out the facelift.

Work to replace seating in the grandstand, update floodlights and install an electronic scoreboard is expected to be finished before Town’s Championship season kicks off in February.

The pitch will also undergo major improvements as Town aim to ensure everything is perfect for Scotland’s match against Tonga.

Tony Boyd, project manager and Town board member, said: “Work has progressed very well to date, with longer delivery items being sourced and orders being placed. This includes items like, the replacement grandstand seats, electronic scoreboard and floodlight enhancements.

“Construction work on site has progressed well on many work faces, with priority being given to items like the installation of a pitch drainage system, plus grandstand structural steelwork and replacement of the high level TV Camera Box on the popular side along with a start on the structural steelwork.

“We have developed an excellent working relationship with John Stobbart and his construction team, and locally-based sub-contractors, and we are delighted with the progress to date.

“At this stage, we are confident that when the RFL visit us again in January they will also be happy with progress we have made here at Derwent Park.”

Allerdale council pledged to underwrite £50,000 for improvements to the stadium.

Hosting the World Cup games is predicted to inject £1m into the West Cumbrian economy. Scotland’s two games could open the doors for more high-profile international events.

Rugby league fans across the world will see Workington’s revamped stadium after World Cup organisers chose Allerdale to replace a bid by Copeland council.

Scotland, who could have Town stars Brett Carter and Brett Phillips in their ranks, also take on Italy on November 3.

The matches were originally scheduled for a proposed Pow Beck Stadium in Whitehaven, but guarantees could not be obtained that it would be built in time.

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