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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —Allow me to suggest to the Selection Committee of the Rugby Union the advisability of picking the team with the view of playing seven backs instead of the usual six.

I have watched the Canterbury players in all their best matches this season, and have seen the effect of playing seven instead of six backs. It was mainly on account of having seven men behind the scrum that Canterbury defeated Auckland, and I fancy that if Otago had played seven backs against the Auckland team Otago would have scored more points than they did. Canterbury are sure to play seven backs on Saturday next, and unless Otago do the same I am afraid (though I sincerely hope not) the blue banner will have to be struck. —I am, etc.,


Christchurch, September IG,

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OTAGO v, CANTERBURY., Issue 8015, 18 September 1889

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OTAGO v, CANTERBURY. Issue 8015, 18 September 1889

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