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The magnificent response of all class of athletes in eyery branch of sport in the United Kingdom and the Dominions has been referred to daily in our cables when reports of their death after being killed in action is recorded. It is only a few days ago when Antony Wilding, the champion tennis player of the world and a Canterbury born man, met his death in the trenches, and so - have many more prominent leaders in athletic ci roles died for their King and country. At the annual meeting of 'the N.Z. Rugby Union held in Wellington last week, the secretary stated that it wa-s estimated that over 2000 Rugby player 3 had enlisted. The Wellington delegates mentioned that 400 of last sea son's players from Wellington City had gone to the front. The town of Wanganui wag reported to have sent 120 Rugby men, and the Otago province claimed to have contribuuted 800 players and ex playera. A eoutb Auckland delegate stated that his district sent 170 players, and Canterbury was said to have sent 240 playera Figures from other districts were not asked for, as it was' dodbfced ii the compilation of the figures really covered all the Rugby men who had enliefcered The retiring president, Mr J Arneil, of Auckland, said thai all would be glad that the union bad such a fine lot of men who were ready to offer their services for the honour oi the Empire. Frequently, executive officers of the union had felt that their work wag a thankless task, but they werefuHy recompensed when the meu playing the game made such an excel lent response to their country's call. Perhaps the incoming committee could devise some scheme of co-opei.i ting with the Defence Office for the further stimulation of recruiti g amongst Rugby men. (Applause.) "Tbe plums of Rugby should not bp open to tbo?e who remain behind," waa Mr E. Wy|j e v v j ew o f tbe - aa t'. ter. While tbe men were fit to play Rugby they w-rp. fit fc o g 0 to the front, Tbo.«o players who had ties which kept them from going to the front would appreciate that point Of view. It win fuffher decided no f > to make any provincial totr-3 during the so a-ion.

Thp action of the parent union of New Zealand football will be fully appreciated by all rugby players, but an prule ivour 3hould be made to keep n univßraally played game such aa '"iioby fnot.Dall. going for the benefit >f i hope wbo are left behind, unable by ties to get away and for those who are too young to go. A Tommy, writing from tbe trenches in France, wbo was a prominent international placer, is reported to have said that i* would be of the greatest interest to tho army fco read the football news, provided keeping the game going did not interfere with recruiting, and this view is the right one. Wβ should make it our earnest endeavour to continue aa usual in our sport for the sake of those who cannot possibly get away, and for the sake of those too young to go. If fchia is not done, healthful games will be abandoned for leas healthy pastimes, and also it will be difficult to reorganise sport after the war ia over.

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 1915. SPORT AND THE WAS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 18 May 1915

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 1915. SPORT AND THE WAS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 18 May 1915

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