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CHRISTCHURCH, May 15. The executive of the Canterbury Rugby Union held at the V.M.C.A. last night a conference with delegates from, country sub-unions with the object of fostering Rugby Union football in the country. Mr F. T. Evans presided, and there were also present: Messrs W. B. Fuller, G. Dobbs, S. F. Wilson, A. Dey, A. Duggan, C. Buchanan, G. S. McCully, VsO. Gamble, A. McPhail, R. W. Brittain, F. D. Kesteven, F. Foster (Waiau and Kaikoura), D. McMillan (Malvern), R. T. McMillan (Ellesmere). and C. W. Allard and A. Thomson (Ashburton).

Mr Wilson said that the executive wished to do all within its power to help country footballers, and would do what it could in the.matter of sendincr out teams, .although, of course, it was largely a matter of finance. As an illustration of matters-which' might profitably be discussed, he said that the Ellesniere sub-union had written to the executive pointing <uit that several players in the Christchurch competitions were resident in thoEllesmere sub-union district. The rules of the union, said the speaker, distinclty laid it down that no player residing in a sub-distriot,' barring students of Canterbury College, Christ's College, and the Boys' High School, should , be allowed to, play in the Christchurch competitions.

The president read a letter from the Marist Brothers' Club which had been handed to him. The club asked that a-player named W. J. Anderson, resident in the Ashburton district, should be allowocT to play for Marists on Saturdays. It was .stated that. Anderson played in Ashburton on Thursdays. Mr For-ter said he thought it would be a irood thing for the -country clubs if their players were allowed sometimes to play in town. Mr Allard asked what would happen in Anderson's case if the dates on which lie had to play for the respective clubs clashed, as might quite conceivably happen. The Question of whether residents in sub-union districts should be allowed to pliiy in the city with the consent of tlie sub-union, was debated at some length, and also that of whether, if it were decided to add this proviso, the player should obtain consent for one or more matches or for a whole season.

Mr- Dobbs moved that the union's rules should be amended 'by, addition of the proviso. ' Mr A. Dey suggested that Mr Dobbs should amend . his motion by making, necessary the consent of the. local unioa as well as. that of the sub-union. j Mr "Wilson said he- thought... a date after which, the consent mentioned could not be given should be fixed. Mr Fuller expressed agreement with the suggestion, saying that when the semi-finals and finals in the local competitions were being played country players should not be allowed to get the consent of the sub-union to play in Christchurch. However, he thought that if sub-unions wanted players to play for them they should have power to make them do so.

j Mr Wilson said he thought the subunions should vote on the motion. It was decided to adopt Mr Wilson's suceestion. Several delegates asked that Christchurch teams should be sent to play their country teams. Mr Wilson suggested that inter-sub-union matches should be arranged, and that then representative combined teams should play matches in Christen arch. Mr' Foster said that the chief diffi-

culty in the way of country v. town matches was finance. The Government, he thought, should be asked to give financial assistance to Rugby Unions. The president said he felt saire the local union would give full consideration to the matter of country matches. Mr Allard, asked whether the phristchurch Union could aid sub-unfons in tliß matter of accident insurance. The president said the matter was a difficult one, and though it would be considered he could give no assurance in regard to it. The ■Question of the provision of referees from town for country matches was. brought up, and the delegates were informed tha,t if application were | tlulv made the local union would do its best to provide them.

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FOSTERING THE GAME., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9610, 15 May 1919

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FOSTERING THE GAME. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9610, 15 May 1919

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