RUGBY'S CLAIM QUESTIONED
There was a diversity of opinion am§ng members of the council of the New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association held in Wellington on Monday night, when a letter was received from the New Zealand Rugby Union soliciting the association's support in Rugby's endeavour to conserve the title "All Blacks" and confine the use of the New Zealand Rugby uniform to those amateur sporting bodies who have organisation and control of New Zealand representatives in any field of sport. The communicttion invited the council to be represented at a deputation to the Minister of Internal Affairs to obtain Government assistance and legislation, if that were necessary. Mr. H. W. Thompson: That obviously is a direct hit at the League. '' Whatever we may think about the use of the uniform and the fern leaf," observed Mr. F. Wilton, "Rugby is welcome to the name 'All Blacks' as far as this association is concerned. 'New Zealand' will do us. New Zealand is not so large a place as to be able to sink its identity in that title.''
The chairman (Mr. A. T. Davies): I'm quite sure we will never make any claim on the title "All Blacks."
Mr. E. G. Guy pointed out that New Zealand's name had been made famous by the Rugby team, and said that in his view amateurs only should use the uniform. He moved that the Rugby Union be supported in their efforts to have the use of the All Black jersey and the silver leaf design uniform confined to amateurs.
Mr. G. H. Lusk seconded the mo tion.
Mr. Thompson considered that League as administered in New Zealand was just as much amateur as Rugby. Mr. J. Taylor: We would be well advised to leave the matter alone altogether. Mr. Wilton objected to the Rugby Union being allowed to have a monopoly. The chairman: They are not doing that. Mr. Lusk expressed the conviction that the All Blacks had put New Zealand on the map. Mr. O. C. Mazengarb: They put New Zealand off the map. (Laughter.) A member: New Zealand is a Dutch name, anyway! Mr. Taylor: What has it got to do with us? They are able to fight it out on their own behalf. The chairman: We don't want the term "All Black." I woud be sorry to see it applied to amateur athletics. Voices: lle,ar, hear. The Chairman: We wish to use the uniform, though. Mr. Taylor: We have no right to debar any one representing New Zealand, be they professionals or amateurs, from using the uniform. Members: Hear, hear. The chairman: Legislation could pi event it. Mr. Taylor: It is not a sporting attitude. Mr. Thompson: It is a "dog-in-the-manger" attitr.de. Mr. Mazengarb moved as an amendment, that the letter lie received, and that no action be taken. This n*a j seconded by Mr. Thompson and carried.
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