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FOR ENGLAND.

RUGBY LEAGUE TEAM.

PLAYERS SELECTED.

(PSZSS ASSOCIATION TILIGBAIC.)

AUCKLAND, July 11

The New Zealand representative League footballers to tour England, leaving Wellington on August "tb, haw. been chosen by the selectors, Messrs C. B. Hardingham, A. McClymont, E. J. 'Stirling, and E. H. Mair. as follows:

Full-backs—C. Dufty and C. E. Gugory (Auckland). ' Wing three-quarters—J. Sanders (Canterbury), G. Gardiner, J. Parkes, ],. Brown (Auckland). Centre three-quarters—B. Davidson (Auckland), W. Desmond (Wellington). Five-eighths—J. Kirwan. H. Brisbane, rl."Cole. C. Webb (Auckland). Half-backs—A. Wilson-Hall (Canterbury, F. Deigro.iiu (Auckland). Forwards— Y. Henry. L. Mason, L. Petersen. L. Vivian (Canterbury), NMount, J. Wright (West Coast), H. Thomas (Otago). W. Devine (Tiroaru), E Herring. A. Singe, H. Avery (Auckland), A. Carroll (Wellington). The reserves who will travel with the team if any of the, above-named arc not available, in order of merit,

are:— Forwards—J. Meuzies (Waikato), J O'Brien (Devoiiport), L. Hutt, J. Cliiiko (Auckland).

Backs—W. Eekoff (Ofago), I. Littlewood. H. Bilev, C. Prentice (Auckland).) . Avery was appointed captain, and Mi.nat vice-captain. The team was selected after trial games, in which the Possibles defeated the Probables by 32 points to 15, and tho B team beat the A team by 30 points to 28.

and from a forward rush, Woods broke away, and passed to Thome, who transferred to Ford, who dashed over, Eoss failing to convert. New South Wales .. 20 New Zealand .. 6 At this stage the play was exhilarating. The Black forwards got away,, but with a magnificent left foot kick, Boss found the line past halfway. The Blacks now made a titanic effort and Finlayson, Porter, and Stewart almost obtained a try, but a forward pass stopped their onward career. Another attack then followed, Stewart forcing his way over at the corner. Nieholls missed his kick. New South Wales .. 20 New Zealand .. .. 9 After twenty minutes' play, Blvy was prominent in a brilliant run, and took the ball into the Blues' territory, where a penalty boing awarded, enabled Nieholls to kick a goal. New South Wales .. 20 New Zealand .. .. 12 Much hard, willing forward play, and close rucking ensued in mid-field,'where Fox was temporarily injured. Following a good New Zealand passing rush, the best of its kind, Blake gained much ground. Eoss and Dalley then exchanged kicks, the ball going out in< the New Zealand quarter. New Zealand was adjudged off-side round a scrum, which gave Eoss a chance in mid-field, and he succeeded in placing another goal with a magnificent kick. New South Wales .. 23 New Zealand .. ... 12 . With ten minutes to go, the Black vanguard, led by Finlayson and M. Brownlie, made great efforts to retrieve the situation. Finlayson almost scored, but the Blues forced down. A splendid individual effort by Lomas, and good foot-work, resulted in his diving over the line and scoring at the corner. Nieholls failed to add the major points. New South Wales ». 23 New Zealand .. .. 15 A good effort by the Blacks in a attack, resulted in Porter catching Eoss on the latter's line, the position being saved for New South Wales by the ball rolling into touch. From a scramble on the line, C. Brownlie forced his way over, and scored, and Nieholls succeeded with a splendid kick. New South Wales ..23 New Zealand ..20 Play continued at a tremendous pace and as a result of superb work by Elvy, M. Brownlie, and Cooke, the latter almost scored, but passed from the'' ground, and so saved the home side. Offside play by Porter, resulted in Ross kicking the ball out close to New Zealand's line. From the line-out Meagher marked off a kuock-on, and kicked a brilliant goal, time being called a few minutes later, with the score.

New South Wales ..26 New Zealand .. .. 20 The result created a profound sensation, exceeding the most sanguine expectations. The off-aide proclivities of the visitors cost them the successful issue; nevertheless, the home side practically outplayed them in the second spell, and rose in brilliance, in crescendo fashion, both sides giving a dazzling exhibition. Increased Black efficiency -was met by improved Blue defence, particularly in tackling.

The result remained in doubt almost to the close of tho game. The Blacks were somewhat unlucky, particularly in forward line rushing. The usual cohesion in the Black back division was somewhat below, par, until too late, whilst the Blues' passing was consistently correct, though inclined to be lateral.

The inside backs, notably Sheehan, King, and Meagher, were above their usual form, while Eoss was the hero of the match.

Brown served well as full-back, while Cooke, Elvy, and Nicholls were the best of the backs. Of the vanguard, Lomas, Finlayson, M. Brownlie, Stewart, and Porter, apart from over-eager-ness, played most serviceable throughout.

The Blacks were penalised eight times in the first spell, and the Blues four times. In the second spell, both sides' penalties were almost equal. The Blues gained quite sixty per cent, of possesion in the scrums, and about equal from the line-outs.

The game was contested throughout in excellent spirit. The Blacks' play was considered by experts to be below expectations and reputations, but the game throughout was fully up to Jiiteißatiottal stendaKL . 7 "* •■-,

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FOR ENGLAND., Press, Volume LXII, Issue 18741, 12 July 1926

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