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Much interest is being taken in the approaching visit to Australia of the Rev M. Mullineux's team of English footballers, not only among active players, but among those who follow the Rugby game as spectators. As nearly as oan be gathered, says the Sydney' Daily Telegraph, they will be distributed as follows :—: — . Baoks. *J. F. Byrne, 0. Boyd. Three-quarters. *E, F. Fookes, Timoins, *E. G. Nioholls,. *Hazzey, *L. Bulger, *R. Forrest. Halves. Dr Rowlands, M. Mullineuz, *R. 0. Schwartz, *M. Elliott. G. Cookson. 1 Forwards. *H. W. Dudgeon, J. S. Francombe, W. Needs, J. H. Kipling, J. H. Franks, Gh V. Evers, Marston, Gibson, *J. W. Gorman, *F. N. Stout. The asterisk signifies an international player of recent times, and, judged by this standard, the team, It will be agreed, must be regarded as particularly strong behind the scrummage. Presumably, therefore, the idea will be to make the games fast and open, and the football will thus gain from a speotaonlar point of view. Byrne plays I at full-baok for England, and at threequarters for his club. Of the other internationals, the Welshmen Nicholls and Hazzey are described as forming the best wing three-quarters combination in the United Kingdom. Fookes is a Torkshireman, and a member of the Sowerby Bridge Club, and he played for England against Ireland only a few months ago. Bulger has played for Ireland ; and Forrest, who comes from Wellington, for England. Byrne plays for Moseley, and this famous club contributes also Mullineux, Rowlands and Marston. Schwartz, of Richmond, was one of the English halves against Scotland last month, but it is to be stated that his selection was taken great exception to. In the tame match Elliott, of Howick, was one of the Scotch representatives, and he is said to have played on that occasion about the best game on the ground. The international forwards, Stout and Gorraaz? together with Needs, hail from Gloucestershire, and Dudgeon is variouly described as of Northumberland and as of the (Surrey) Richmond Club. Of the others, Mullineux and Boyd, together with Byrne and Bulger, were members of the last team that toured South Africa. Boyd and Franks are from Dublin University, Cookson and Frankcombe from Lancashire, Kipling from Surrey. Kipling, by the way, is a near relative of the great Rudy ard. There is still some doubt as to the identity of Marston and Gibson. There is a W. Marston and a C. Marston among the Moseley forwards. The/c are three Gibsons prominent in English football. C. O. P. Gibson and R. Gibson represent Northumberland, and A. G. Gibson is included in the London Scottish fifteen. The players are expected to arrive at Adelaide by the Oceana on June 12th.

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THE ENGLISH TEAM., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XXXVI, Issue 4221, 3 May 1899

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THE ENGLISH TEAM. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XXXVI, Issue 4221, 3 May 1899