Cumbria rugby league team

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Cumbria rugby league team
Governing body Rugby Football League
Head coach Paul Crarey
Captain Rob Purdham
Home stadium Varies
Biggest win
Cumbria 70-0  United States
(Barrow, Cumbria, England; 4 November 2007)

The Cumbria rugby league team (also previously Cumberland) is an English representative rugby league team consisting of players who were born in the county of Cumbria and the historic county of Cumberland. They play fixtures against international representative sides, often acting as opposition in warm-up fixtures for touring international sides.[1][2]

The Cumbrian side features professional players from the European Super League, the Co-operative Championship, Championship 1 and the amateur game.[3][4]

Cumbria are coached by Paul Crarey, with assistant coaches Gary Charlton of Workington Town and Whitehaven's David Seeds.[5]

Cumbria played the touring Australian Kangaroos during the 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994 Kangaroo tours. In 1982 at Brunton Park in Carlisle the Kangaroos ran out 41-2 winners. In 1986 at Craven Park in Barrow-in-Furness the Kangaroos won 48-12. Both the 1990 and 1994 games were played at Derwent Park in Workington with the Australians continuing their run of success with 42-10 and 52-8 wins respectively. The 1994 Cumbria vs Australia game was the opening match of the 1994 Kangaroo tour.

During the 2004 Tri-Nations series Cumbria played a match against an 'ANZAC Combination' side.

Cumbria played the England national rugby league team as part of England's preparation for the 2010 Four Nations.[6] The match raised funds for the Rugby Football League's benevolent fund and the family of Garry Purdham, who was among the victims of the Cumbria shootings tragedy on 2 June 2010.[7][8] The game was watched by 5,250 spectators at Whitehaven's Recreation Ground and ended 18–18,[9] raising over £50,000 for its cause.[10]

2010 squad[edit]

The squad for the match against England on 3 October 2010.

2010 Cumbria Squad
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 25 September 2011
Source(s): England



  1. ^ "Results". RLEF. 2007. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  2. ^ "Cumbria let outright Victory slip away". Marras. 2004. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Egremont duo to represent Cumbria in memorial match". Whitehaven News. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  4. ^ "Cumbria reveal Garry Purdham game squad to face England". BBC. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  5. ^ "Cumbria squad announced for memorial match". Quins. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  6. ^ "England RL to play Cumbria in memorial match". Rugby League Online. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Charity rugby match for Cumbria gun victim". BBC. 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-09-16. 
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  9. ^ "Official England Match Report". England Rugby League. 2010. Retrieved #06-10-2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "Cumbria and England game raises £50,000 for Purdham Family". Whitehaven News. 2010. Retrieved 06-10-2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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