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THE SUSPENDED MEMBERS OF THE NATIVE TEAM REINSTATED. An adjourned meeting of the Committee of the Otago Rugby Football Union, in reference to the charges of alleged misconduct against four members of the Native team in Brisbane, was held last evening, and was attended by Dr Coughtrey (president), Messrs J, H. Morrison, R, Chisholm (vicepresident), W. D. Milne, E, E. Morrison, J, B. Waters, A. W, Morris, R. Martin, T. A. Hunter, J. H. Chapman, and F. T. Horne. The evidence of Messrs Eyton (secretary), J. A. Warbrick (captain), and W. Warbrick (full-back in the Brisbane match) was taken at length, and the four accused gave a full statement of their version of the matter. The following communication was received from the secretary of the Native team Dunedin, August 9,1889. Mr F. T, Horne, Secretary Otago Rugby Union, Dunedin. Sir,—l have the honor to forward herewith a copy of a resolution passed at a meeting of the members of the Maori football team, held at the Prince of Wales Hotel, on Augu-.t 9, at 8 p.m,, W. J. Warbrick in the chair. May I ask you to kindly place the same before the meeting of the Otago hugby Union to-night.—lam, etc., Tkos. Rvton, Hon. Sec. and Treasurer. (Rmlalim.) “ That this meeting is of opinion tint tho subject of Investigation now before the Otago Rugby Union as to the truth or otherwise of alleged malpractice on the part of four members of the Maori football team— v.r,., Messrs Keogh, Madigan, Taire, and Arthur Warbrick —such malpractice being defined a > an attempt to sell the Brisbane match on 20th July last, is founded on suspicion only, and that, although at the time tho suspicion arose—the other members of the team being naturally indignant—it was decided not to play with the said four members again in Queensland, it is now the wish of this meeting that the said four members should, owing to the doubt which exists, be restored to favor. This meeting further desires to record that the publicity given to the matter in question originated from the Maori team and its management, and that apparently the Northern Rugby Union of Queensland did not share the su?picion of any attempt to sell the match. In support of this meeting’s decision to dismiss the suspicion, it is stated that Up to tho 20th July last, after a tour of over twelve months, no s'milar charge has ever been made against any player in tho team, and the indifferent play during part of the match on 20th July may very well be attributed to other causes.” I beg to state that the whole of the team were present, and passed the resolution unanimously.—lam, etc., Joe. WABimiCK, Chairman. After discussion, the following resolutions ■were unanimously adopted “ That this Committee having heard all the available evidence regarding tho charges against certain members of the New Zealand Native

team, and having received an explicit denial o£ the charges from the accused members, and a satisfactory explanation from the management of the team, is of opinion that there are no facts before the Committee justifying the allegations against these members of having sold the match in Brisbane on the 20th July last.” “ That the Committee regrets that the rumors, which emanated from the Native team itself, were not promptly contradicted by the management of the team.” NAPIER, August 9. _ At a meeting of the Rugby Union this evening it was decided not to sanction any match between tho Hawke’s Bay team now in the South Island and the Native football team unless the match be played in Napier.

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FOOTHILL., Issue 7982, 10 August 1889

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FOOTHILL. Issue 7982, 10 August 1889

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