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THE WELLINGTON-OTAGO MATCH. At a meeting of the Wellington Rugby Union last night the manager of the Wellington representative team which recently toured the South submitted a report, in which he entirely and emphatically contradicted the statements of the Dunedin Press as to the roughness and brutality of tho Wellington men. He referred to the demonstration against the team, both going to and coming from the field, as most shameful, and a disgrace to any province. He said it was the desire of himself and every member of the team that the Wellington Union should take steps to officially contradict the statements made. He mentioned that the team were right royally entertained by the officers of the variouß unions in the South. The conduct of the team throughout the tour was creditable to the Wellington Union. In reference to a communication from the New Zealand Rugby Union asking what action the Wellington Union propose to take with regard to the statements as to rough play in the WellingtonOtago match, the following resolution was passed: ' That it is the intention of this Union to hold an inquiry into the matter; but they challenge the right of the New Zealand Union to raise the point unless the Wellington Union fail to comply with law 10, and they point out that the New Zealand Union only have the rUnt to interfere under law 14 in the event of law 10 not being complied with." • The Union also decided to write to the Otago Union drawing attention to the statements in the Press, and asking whether the Union confirm or repudiate them, and if the former, would they formulate the statements especially as regards the alleged brutal and rough play and alleged misconduct in the streets of the captain of the Wellington team. It was also resolved to write to the referee asking him for an exhaustive and official report in regard to the match.

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FOOTBALL., Issue 10429, 25 September 1897

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FOOTBALL. Issue 10429, 25 September 1897

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