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THE OTAGO REPRESENTATIVE TEAM. Messrs Morrison, Cargill, and Marchbanks, the Match Committee of the Otago Rugby Football Union, met last evening, and selected the following team to represent Otago in the forthcoming match against Canterbury, which will be played at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, next Saturday :

Full-back— Thomas (Union). TfIKEK-yUARTBK-BACKs Lynch (Dunedin), Lang (Pirates), and Owen (High Schoal). Half-backs—Cran (High School) and Rtstieanx (Alhambru). Forwards- Dancan (Kalkorai), Esquilant (ZingariRlchmoud), Isaacs (Montecillo). Montgomery (High School), A. W. Morris (Pirates), RiMninshaw (ZingariRlchmond), Sonntai; (Dunedin), Tattersall (Union), and D. Torrance, oaptain (Kaikorai). KiißßoaNciKS—Backs, Reid (University); forward, Matheaon (Taieri).

It will be noticed that the backs excluded are Keogh (half) and Davie (three-quarter), while the two forwards who usually play on the wing—M'Farlane and Stephenson — give way to A. W. Morris and Esquilant. Stephenson had previously intimated to the Committee that he was unable to accompany the team, while M'Farlane, although an honest worker and a fairly good man, cannot play Morris's game in the open, and suffers in oomparison with Esquilant—in scrum work particularly. Owen is a veritable nugget, and should give the Canterbury players some trouble. Although our back team seems very light on paper, the players are tough and fairly heavy, and are pretty fast. The halves Cran and Reatieaux—are a hardworking couple, and should get on famously together, both being exceedingly smart behind the scrum. Considerable surprise was manifested whon it was announced that Keogh was excluded, but the Committee's decision was doubtless made in the interests of the game. We are pleased to note that Morris is back with us, and his inclusion in the team con siderably strengthens our chance of winning. This is the first year that Esquilant will don the representative uniform, and as he has played consistently, if not brilliantly, of late he is looked on as a dangerous man. He can also play a good back game, particularly at three-quarter, and the Committee should bear tjhisln mind should an accident happen to any of the backs. The forwards should prove a fast lot, and ought to give Canterbury a few points in loose scrum play. The reserves— Reid (back) and Matheson (forward)-are safe men, the latter being a regular "tiger" for work. Canterbury can hardly afford to play three half-backs, because our forwards will average only a few pounds short of 13st (the team's weight will be about 12st JOlb), and, being fast, they should be able to work eight forwards very easily. Notwithstanding that the Northern province was able to defeat Auckland on the football field this year, we think that the Otago representative team of 1889 win be able to return undefeated If not victorious. The coming match will be the thirteenth rneeting of these two provinces, Otago having won five matches (those of 1877, 1881, 1882, 1883, and 1888), Canterbury two matches (those of 1884 and 1885), while five have been drawnj so that Otago are leading, haying scored (according to the present system of scoring) 48 points to Canterbury's 7. The previous matches have resulted thus :—1877, at Christchurch, Otago won by two trios to nil ; 1873, at Dunedin, drawn, no score; 1879, at Christchurch, drawn, no score; 1880, at Dunedin, one try each; 1881, at Christchurch, Otago won by one goal and one try to nil ; 1882, at Mosgiel, Otago won by five goals and three tries to nil ; 1883, at Christchurch, Otago won by one goal and three tries to nil ; 1884, at Dunedin, Canterbury won by one goal to a try; 1885, at Christchurch, Canterbury won by one goal and two tries to nil; 1886, at Dunedin, drawn, no score; 1887, at Christchurch, drawn, one goal each ; 1888, at Dunedin, Otago won by one goal and four Jrjes to nil.

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FOOTBALL, Issue 8014, 17 September 1889

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FOOTBALL Issue 8014, 17 September 1889

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