Two Cumbrians are joining the War of the Roses tomorrow when Yorkshire take on Lancashire at Castleford.

The match is the brainchild of James Jones-Buchanan, one of the leading lights in the excellent FreeSport coverage of the National Conference.

The game involves players who perform every week in the Conference, with Cumbrians invited to choose the county they would prefer to represent.

Two Egremont players – ex-Whitehaven prop Stephen Fox and highly-rated forward Kieran Glenn – have been invited to take part and they will be with Lancashire, the Red Rose county.

Back in the 15th century when the Houses of Lancaster and York had their spat, the conflict lasted through many sporadic episodes between 1455 and 1487.

Participants didn’t just come from the two immediate areas, which is why in the modern rugby league version, invited players have been given a choice of which colours they wear.

Fox and Glenn go into the game with Egremont sitting in second place in the Premier Division, but some eight points behind Hunslet Club Parkside who provide three members of the Yorkshire side.

There is only one game in the Premier Division this weekend with West Hull hosting the bottom side Myton Warriors. West Hull have played fewer games than anyone else in the competition.

It might be a blank day in west Cumbria as far as the Conference League is concerned but there’s some outstanding entertainment on offer in the Iggesund Cumberland ARL.

The Iggesund Shield final will be staged tonight at Hensingham with Egremont A taking on Lowca (7pm kick-off).

The senior final for the Iggesund Trophy goes ahead at Distington tomorrow (2.30pm) when Hensingham come up against Ellenborough Rangers.

Hensingham go into the final on the back of their first defeat when they lost 12-10 on the same Distington pitch, to their main rival for honours.

There’s sure to be a response after that reversal, which means the CARL Premier Division title could be settled by points differential.

Ellenborough Rangers are in good heart after a very good, hard-fought win last weekend against Seaton Rangers.

In fact, Seaton have a game themselves tomorrow when they entertain Kells A in the Premier Division.

Kells A should be determined to make amends for last week’s narrow 26-24 defeat by Glasson Rangers, who were winning for the first time this season.

It also enabled them to leapfrog Kells as the Whitehaven side now prop up the table.