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FOOTBALL.

New Zealand had a very able representative in the English Riigby team in the person of A. <J. Palmer, of London 'Hospital, who played wing three-quarter for England against Ireland, and had a large snare in the victory of his side. Another New Zealander, L. B. Stringer, of Guy's ■Hospital, was taken over to Dublin by the English team as reserve man, but his services were not called upon. Palmer scored two tries and kicked a goal. He ran with splendid resolution, and his fine speed enabled him to hold Deane, his Irish vis-a-vie, completely in check. His first inTernational was a pronounced success, and showed that he should have received his cap earlier.. England played Up really well in this match, and defeated Ireland on Irish soil for the first time in 14 years, the score being 11 points to 5. A. S. Ileale, the New Zealand half-back, who flayed for London Hospital, has not yeT won his England cap, although good judges declare there is not a better half in the kingdom. But apparently England, with an independence which need not be gainsaid, shrinks from relying too iifuch on outside talent. Otherwise, I fancy both Stringer and Heale would have been in the international team long ago.

The football critic of the- "Athletic News" is always unearthing something in connection with colonial football, and in his latest effusion on the question of payment to players says:—l have also talked the all-important matter over with two of the original "All Blacks." Needless to say, both were surprised at the ignorance of the Scottish Union, for the allowance was made and received openly. Further, I am able to say that the majority of the "amateurs" ■before they left New Zealand were the recipients of purses of gold from admiring supporters, the presentations ranging in amounts from £20 to £80. No secret was made of these transactions in New Zealand. Another item of information I learned was that on arrival home in New Zealand after the tour had been completed several players appealed to the general manager for "something to bo going on with until they resumed work." My informant declared that they each received two guineas. This estimate was possibly based upon the fact that the men were fully entitled to a fortnight's holiday. I might also divulge other secrets, but the colonial ideas are much in advance of those held by Scotland.

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FOOTBALL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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