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A Strong Team For Coming Season (From "N.Z. Truth's"" Palmerston North Rep.) That the amalgamation of the Manawatu and Horowhenua Rugby Unions would be in the best interests of' Rugby was never in . doubt. •'.■■, DROSPECTS for this season appear be bright. . Representative players from several other provinces have taken up their residence within Manawhenua's boundaries and as only four of last season's combined team are not; available this province ought to ascend the ladder considerably. '...••» The selectors haVe learnt the value of assembling the team some days prior to any important fixture and with efficient coaching, to say nothing of the keen comptitibn that will be manifest among the players for inclusion, perhaps even the' Ranfurly Shield may fall to Manawhenua. Though the names of the players are not as awe-inspiring as the present holders, their - keenness should stand them in good stead. Of last year's combined team Horowhenua's quota will probably be H. Jacob, W. Gleeson, M. Maihi, C. Dunne, ;A. Bond (forwards) and C. Hunt, H. Roberts, M. McDonald and A. Warren (backs). Two of the All Black Native team which toured England last year Who •will be available are D. Tatana (forward) and M. Moses (back). A very welcome addition is J. McDonald (back) also of "the Native team who has been transferred to Horo•whenua from Marlborough. Chisholm, Rangitikei representative half-back, is , also in the district, but while he should be worthy of a game in the Horowhenua team he will have to improve considerably before he will be. in the combined team. T. Parata, one of the;, council's best; inside backs, who was last .season injured' in a match, is re- . ported to have recovered and should ■'• strengthen the Horowhenua team. Of Manawatu's players O'Keefe, O. Galpin and probably Dalaell (forwards) and R. Akuira, Walker, McLean (backs) are playing again, while several newcomers are H. Hammond (forward), who toured south with the Hawkes Bay team last year, Moore (forward), Waikato-arid Poverty Bay representative, L. Brown (forward), who two seasons ago played for Otago and G. Persson (forward), "of the Wanganui representatives.

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MANAWHENUA, NZ Truth, Issue 1115, 14 April 1927

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MANAWHENUA NZ Truth, Issue 1115, 14 April 1927