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Tho General Committee of tho Otago Rugby Football Union met at the club rooms, Princes street, last night, when there were present—Dr Cough trey (president), Messrs J. H. Morrison, R. Chisholm (vice-presi-dent), Morrison, Martin, Waters, Morris, Hunter, Chapman, and Horne, It was unanimously resolved to send tho following resolution to Mr Eyton, secretary of the Maori Football Team, aud also to the Southland Union, who wired asking w hat steps the O.R.F. Union intended taking in tho matter below mentioned Statement in public papers here and elsewhere re four men (Madigau, Keogh, Taaro, and Arthur Warbriek) suspended for shady practices in Brisbane, has never been contradicted. Ihe O.R.F. Union declines to play, or a action any match in which these men ta-;e part until a public contradiction of that statement is made, and a most ample and satisfactory explanation of the circumstances which gave rise to it given to thisUuion.” A telegram received last night fiom Invercargill states that, following the stand taken by the Otago Union with reference to the four members of tho Native team implicated in the shady transaction in Brisbane. and tho refusal to play against these until a satisfactory explanation of their continued presence in tho team is given, a meeting of footballers will be held to-morrow [this] morning to consider what action should ho taken here. Owing to the short notice, it is impossible to get a meeting of Hit! S.R F.U., so that the general body of players will have to decide. His said that two members of the team will not play / to-morrow if the four implicated are vetoed by their own people. If so there will only he twelve to take the field. The majority of the Native team are stated to favor the expulsion of the offending four.

The following will represent Canterbury in tho match against Hawke’s Bay, to be played next Saturday Full-back, Wilson ; three - quarters Crcsswcll, A. Hobbs, M'Lcau ; halves Donnelly, Ward ; forwards Bates, Bran, Childs, Garrard, Evans, M‘Kec, Plank, Reilly, Wcekes; emergencies—Richards, Button, and Ebert. It is underatonod that there is a prospect of the Hawke’s Bay team playing a match in Dunedin against the Maori team on the 14th inst.

Tho Wairarapa Rugby Union have decided not to send a representative team south this season, as previously contemplated.

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FOOTBALL., Issue 7979, 7 August 1889

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FOOTBALL. Issue 7979, 7 August 1889

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