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"We have a local rule in Auckland in connection with replacement of players," said the chairman of the Board of Control of the Auckland Rugby League, Mr. J. W. Watson, at a meeting last evening.

Mr. Watson added that in the match between Auckland and West Coast at Carlaw Park last Saturday, B. Lowther, of the Auckland team, was replaced by R. Nurse, at half-time. Lowther, he said, came oft' at the interval with a bad shoulder, and the medical officer would not allow him to return to the field of play. The local rule, which, however, did not conform with the English rules, provided that when a player was injured, or in the hands of the St. John Ambulance or the doctor at half-time he couid be replaced, provided that the referee was notified before the new player took, the field. The referee was notified by the team manager that Lowther would be replaced by Nurse.

The team manager, Mr. J. Clark, said that everything was done in a rush, and he had omitted to tell the West Coast captain, C. Mountford.

Mr. Watson said that if a mistake was made it was, perhaps, that they did not acquaint the West Coast team of the local rule in Auckland. There was no feeling about the matter, and the West Coast team was quite happy. Any controversy had been through individuals outside.

Mr. T. Culpan said that under the local rule the new player had to be on the field before the second half started.

The treasurer, Mr. E. J. Knowling, reported that the "gate" for the match was £7.07, compared with a "gale" in the Wellington match of £743. The West Coast share was £430.

Mr. Watson said that, owing to the success of the representative matches, interest in the code had been widened, 'and the game had been assisted in other centres. The match against West Coast was an outstanding success, and the attendance at Carlaw Park was probably l the largest since the war. Cancelled Visit "While we were assured of transport across there was no guarantee of the return," stated the secretary of the Balmain club, in expressing regret that it had been necessary on account of transport difficulties to cancci the proposed visit in October of the Balmain club to Auckland. The club hoped to make the visit next season. Mr. Watson said that it was definite now that the Balmain club would not come this season. As the conditions were the Balmain club could not do otherwise than it did. They would like to hear early next season what prospects there were ofia team coming across.

Mr. DS> Wilkie announced that, owing to the cancellation of the Balmain visit, the senior officers' association considered that a return match between the Maori and Pakeha teams should be played later in the season to further augment the injured players' fund. Sunday I'lay The Glen Eden Town Board wrote stating that it would not in future permit football matches to be played on the Glen Eden recreation ground on Sundays. Mr. Watson said that a reply had been sent pointing out that the Auckland Rugby League did not permit any of its affiliated clubs taking part in Sunday games. The league had publicly stated that it did not approve of Sunday football. It was decided to acknowledge with thanks a cheque for £105 for the injured players' fund, which was presented by the secretary of the ladies' committee, Mrs. I. Scott. Fixtures for Saturday Fixtures for next Saturday are:—Richmond v. Manukau, Carlaw Park No. 1, 3.0, Mr. J. Hawkes; Ponsonb.v v. Mt. Albert, Carlaw Park No. 1, 1.45, Mr. E. Pope; City v. Newton, Carlaw Park No. 2, 1.45, Mr. R. Merrick; Marist v. Point Chevalier, Carlaw Park No. 2, 3.0, Mr. J. O'Shannesscy; Otahuhu v. North Shore, at Otahuhu, 3.0, Mr. S. Billman.

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LOCAL RULES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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LOCAL RULES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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