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The following is the team chosen to represent the Waipawa Union against the Hawke's Bay Union in the match to be played next Saturday: — Full-baok, Goodallj three-quarters, Hoppy, Shepherd, Te Arawa ; five-eighth, Whiskers ; half, Tareha ; forwards, Black, Hobson, Speedy, Carlson, Collett, Grenside, Brown, Sullivan, Newth. Emergencies— Weight and Bailey, backs j Irvine, Sebley, Sunnex, Ellingham, Easther, forwards. Mr W. Warbriok writes to the Sydney Referee-.— As there appears to be come misapprehension as to the negotiations between the New South Wales and New Zealand Eugby Unions with regard to the vißit of the;, English footballers to the latter colony, I crave apace in your columns to put the facts as lucidly aa possible before the publio, not only in Sydney, but also in New Zealand. It is generally known that Mr Mullinenx's team is out here at the invitation of the New South Wales Rugby Union, who control all arrangements, and stand all expenses. Soon after the programme of matches in Queensland and Sydney had been drawn up and settled, New Zealand wrote over asking for two dates in that colony. To this New South Wales consented, and things might have been satisfactorily arranged but for the refusal of the New Zealnnders to guarantee 4400— more or less— and all expenses, besides a further stipulation that her best players sbtiuld come over here at the expense of the local Union to take part in the match Australia v. England. These terms, however, thoy deolined, and as regards the financial part of it, they were prepared only to guarantee a percentage of the gate takings. New South Wales, by foregoing two dates, which she was willing to give to New Zealand on the terms just stated, stood to lose, roughly, JBI2OO by the transaction, and it will, therefore, be seen that she had very little to gain financially, with a certainty of much to lose if a settlement had been arrived at. Her generosity in the matter has not met with the reward that it deserved. Why the New Zealand Eugby Union declined to allow her players to come over hero on such favorable terms is best known to themselves; but, in ustlce to the players concerned, who, so far as I can understand, have been kept absolutely in the dark as to what was going on, many of whom were only too anxious to make the trip to Sydney, I think it right that the exaot facts as they happened should be made public.

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FOOTBALL., Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 11262, 28 June 1899

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FOOTBALL. Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 11262, 28 June 1899