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RUGBY UNION ATTITUDE MEMBERSHIP REAFFIRMED Following a lengthy discussion, the Auckland Rugby Union, at its meeting last night, decided to continue its membership of the Auckland Provincial Council of Sport, in spite of the fact that its parent body, the New Zealand "Union, has requested it to discontinue affiliation. The chairman of the union, Mr. A. A. Baker, who is also president of the Auckland Council of Sport, criticised the attitude of the New Zealand Union, and strongly urged that Auckland should retain its membership of the Council of Sport. Mr. F. E. Sutherland, who is president of the Auckland Union and a member of the Council of the New Zealand Union, opposed membership with the Council of Sport. "While I do not wish to use any threats," observed Mr. Sutherland, "I would appeal to members to do nothing which might result in the New Zealand Union being forced to take disciplinary action. If you persist in your present attitude you will endanger the good feelings existing between the Auckland and the New Zealand Union. Affiliation with the Council of Sport is not in accordance with the constitution of the New Zealand Union and if you continue membership with the council you will lose grace." After a very full discussion the following resolution was carried:—"That this committee is in favour of the Auckland Rugby Union continuing its membership of the Auckland Provincial Council of Sport. The' committee is of the opinion that the council has given, and is giving, good service to all sports bodies, including Rugby football. 'Further, we do not see that there is anything in the constitution of the Auckland Union to prohibit continuance of membership with the council." The New Zealand Union is to be advised of the resolution and asked to give reasons, other than just a request, not to affiliate with the Council of Sport.

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COUNCIL OF SPORT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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COUNCIL OF SPORT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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