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— ■ ■<»» ——- NTJNN'S EXCLUSION. When the personnel of the All Blade team for Australia /was announced a kood deal of comment was mado on the tact that H. Nunn, tlte Petone, ,Cl,ub'sf half-back, had not been' included; and a* a meeting of the Management^ Committee of the New Zealand- Rugby Union: last evening, Mr. G. H /Dixon presiding,! a letter wa3 read from the Petone CluW asking that the union receive a deputn j tion from tho club in connection with the matter. Some ' discussion took place as to whether the granting of the request would \ not mean establishing a precedent, thai contention being that the New Zealand body should have been approached, through tho Wellington Union. It was, hoWever, decided to receive the deputation. , Mr. Price, on behalf of the Potone Club, asked "Why Nunn had been turned down at the eleventh hour " It was understood that Nunn was the twenty' third man on the selectors' list and was entitled to bs selected to fill the first vacancy. The" Chairman remarked that there was no official statement that Nunn had been selected". Mr. W. E. Perry (a member of the Management Committee) stated ho was not prepai'od to say that Nuhn was not selected. "If the selectors had originally picked Nunn as emergency halfback, added Mr. Perry, "I did not know." The deputation withdrew and the union discussed in committee the question of, whether it would give an answer to the request. When the deputation was invited into the room again, the Chairman asked:— "Would you consider a person medically certified as unfit for military service physically fit to represent NewZealand as a footballer?" Mr. Hardham (a member of the deputation) replied that it would depend when the certificate was issued and for what period. Mr. E. Wylie (Management Committee) interjected that the certificate was issued for a year. Mr. Hardham admitted that a man certified as medically tinfit for military service would be unfit to represent New Zealand as a_ footballer. / Tho following motion, passed in committee, was then read by the chairman: " That the deputation be informed that information was received that Green was not available shortly before the team was to depart. The committee had reliable information that Nunn was medically certified as unfit for military dutiea, and therefore could not bo considered as physically fit to represent New Zealand without a medical examination, and time would not permit of this." Mr. Welch (a member of tho doputation) remarked that he knew Nunn was unfit, and when Roberts, who was also medically unfit, was selected, ho considered there must bo some other reason. The Chairman replied that there was absolutely no other leason, and it was not a question of character. After expressing satisfaction with the answer the deputation withdrow.

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ALL-BLACK TEAM, Evening Post, Volume LXXXVIII, Issue 9, 10 July 1914

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ALL-BLACK TEAM Evening Post, Volume LXXXVIII, Issue 9, 10 July 1914