A meeting of tho Committee of the Otago Rugby Football Union was held yesterday afternoon, and attended by Messrs Callaway (president), Wilson, Campbell, Harris, Strong, Torrance, and Hutchison. The secretary was instructed, in terras of the resolution passed at last week’s general meeting, to communicate with the other unions in the South Island inquiring their views as to the desirability of establishing a South Island union. A letter was read from the Wellington Union drawing attention to charges in the public Press of rough play against the Wellington team in the Welling-ton-Otago match, asking the Union to confirm or repudiate these charges, and, if the former, to forward the statements of officials; and also asking for evidence npon'The'statements reflecting upon tho conduct of the Wellington captain after the match. Upon the latter point the secretary was instructed to reply that the Committee were not in a position to give any statement. With respect to the other portion of the Wellington Union’s letter it was resolved—“ That in the opinion of this Committee the play was rough, but any rough play that occurred was due to the lax control of the referee over the game, and, as the referee is the ultimate judge ia matters of fact, the Committee think that no good purpose would be served by further complying with the request of the Wellington Union.”
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 10439, 7 October 1897
FOOTBALL. Evening Star, Issue 10439, 7 October 1897
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