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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Workington Town new-boy Peter Lupton eyeing World Cup spot

Workington Town’s classy new signing Peter Lupton is targeting a place in the Wales squad for the RL World Cup – and a potential match on home soil in Cumbria.

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Peter Lupton

At just 29, he is hoping to be in contention for the 2013 tournament and showed his commitment when flying in from the United States to play for Wales in the recent Four Nations tournament, only to fall victim to a hamstring injury.

And he is still aiming to represent the country on the biggest international stage.

“I missed out on playing in the Four Nations and my next goal is to get in to the World Cup squad,” said Lupton, from Millom, who welcomed news that Whitehaven would host two matches in the tournament.

“It’s great, not just on the rugby league side but for the whole community. Everyone can come along, even if they are not rugby league supporters to see the best players on their doorstep.

“I haven’t played a big game up here for a few years now, and it would be great to come back and play against the best.”

Wales have avoided the big guns in the competition’s opening stage and will face the Cook Islands and the United States in Group D.

Meanwhile, Lupton will miss the Boxing Day derby with Haven. Lupton, who has spent virtually his entire career in Super League, will enjoy a Christmas in the States with his American wife Lisa and young family before returning home to focus on rugby.

“Unfortunately I didn’t know there was a game at first, and because my wife is from over there, she wanted to spend Christmas with her family,” he said. “I give her that, and she then comes over and spends New Year with my family. It’s a shame I won’t be here as it will be a good match.

“I’ve been out with a hamstring injury and probably won’t be training until after Christmas.

“At the end of last season Workington came on strong and unluckily missed out in the final match.

“I’m hoping for another big year from them, and hopefully with a few more signings they could be a force.

“Promotion is probably the aim for all the Cumbrian clubs, with four going up.”

Lupton, who also wished Haven and Barrow well for the new campaign, will meet his new Town team-mates on Monday.

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