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FOOTBALL.

The Prince of W&lea was-much, interested in the Hospital Cup tie between Guy' 3 and London. After the game the captains, Messre Stringer &hd Maehaffey, both of whom are New Zealanders, were I introduced to the Prince. Report says that four members of the N.Z.R.U. executive will not seek reelection this year, and Mr. Warburton has already announced his determination to quit office, and Messrs Dixon, Laurenson and Gdlbraitli arc said to be of the same mind. , was creeping into the Rugby amateur world; and every true British sportsman wants that splendid gains kept clean. Irish, atnateur Rugby is the real thing; So is Scottish. So also, we may now fed sure, \\'ill be Englteb. and Welsh (says tli6» "Pall Mall Gazette."). The abominable commercialism of the day, under which a gentteman will not eveti play a game without charging "expenses"—sometimes rather dubiously incurred—has had its nastiest knock in this dispute. It may not even now Lα killed; but we rather fancy that for tile,present, at any rate, it has been very effectively Scotched." , Laura.nee Woodhouse, writing to ■ the "Dajly Mail." after the match between England and Ireland, had the following to say concerning unfair tactics:—l Jiave been ■wondering what the niuchcriticisccl Australians would have said if they ihad been' present at Dublin. There were three bad cases of "recrettable incidents" during the'game! T am glad to say, however, that the Englishmen emerged with credit on each occasion and kept their tempers admirably. Curiously enough, a "famous referee toM mc a day ,pr two ago that British football was very foul this year, and.he quoted an instance of-three deliberate trips in one match in which two well-known London teams were engaged. These despicable methods were not learned from the Australiane* for the match took place before the Australians reached London. fact, he went on to say that if British footballers cried out at Australian methods it was a case of "the pot calling the kettle Mack." These "tricks" must be stamped out, not winked at. Apropos of the payment to players' question, which has recently been raging, the following letter appearing in a Sydney paper from Mr. Neil Galbraith, treasurer of the New Zealand Rugby Union, is' interesting:— J Sir, —In reference to ■ a statement .credited to Mr. D. R. BedelUSivright, and ; which appears in your , columns of 24th ult., I have to say that, as I accompanied the team in its tour through New Zealand as the. representative of i the; New Zealand Rugby Union,-1 desire 'to flatly contradict the assertions made. First of all, Mr. Sivright states that they : received 3s, whereas only 2s per day was paidj and that this allowance was< an "invisible" one. I can say that I personally saw the ca3h handed to the various players moro than once during the time they were in New Zealand, and that the debit and . credit arrangement is utter nonsenscj as Dr. O'Brien, the then manager, or Mr. B. I. Swannell, will affirm; The New Zealand Union paid all accounts for washing, boot repairs, etc., either through the manager or hotels ien route, as the enclosed accounts will | testify. Mr. Sivright concludes thus: "Now the New Zealand team had this • allowance, but in addition it would ap--1 psar that they had £1 Is put into their , hands per week as recompense, I take I it, for the time they lost while touring. •' It is this last, fact then, the Scottish Union have objected jtti, : and "'' Very rightly." Now, the siim total is that whereas Mr. Sivright's teahv; in 1904 received 2s, the New Zealand team in >i960 received 3s per day in exactly .the ; s'ani6 manner—viz., in weekly cash iijstalnienta at the hands of the manager.; Oh' reflection and reference to the fellowmembers of his team. \\lr. Sivright ought to feel very guilty*—l an, etc. NEIL J GALBRAITH, Hon. Treasurer. New Zealand Rugby Union.

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FOOTBALL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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