RHINOS EXTEND HELPING HAND TO CUMBRIA

Great Britain international Barrie McDermott and England A star Rob Burrow have given up their day off this week to travel to Workington to help the Cumbrian side promote this Sunday’s Powergen Challenge Cup tie.

Great Britain international Barrie McDermott and England A star Rob Burrow have given up their day off this week to travel to Workington to help the Cumbrian side promote this Sunday’s Powergen Challenge Cup tie. The Rhinos stars have been joined by the Rhinos Cravendale Community team who have visited five schools in the town to help raise awareness of the match and also the game of Rugby League. Leeds have also aided attendance on the day by subsidising coaches for their supporters, who face an early start at 8.30am on Sunday, for just £10 plus the club have almost sold out their allocation of tickets for the game. Prop forward McDermott commented, "Cumbria has a great legacy of Rugby League and the people up there are really passionate about the game. I’m sure it will be a special occasion for them when we come up on Sunday. We are taking six coaches of supporters up there and it will be a real boost for Workington both in terms of interest and financially. For McDermott it continues his support of Rugby League in the area after regular visits over the past couple of seasons to present awards at amateur club functions. Both McDermott and Burrow starred for the Rhinos in their 58-14 win over London on Sunday and Wednesday is the only day off that the players have had off this week however both players were keen to assist their Cup opponents. "We were able to help out Hunslet and York in pre-season and it is great that we can now do the same for Workington. Having said that, we will not be taking the game lightly and with so much competition for places in the squad we all know we need to put in top quality performances to keep our place in the side," added McDermott.