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FOOTBALL.

Bi Firu, Btcx.

In glancing over the itinerary of the bntish team's tour, mapped out by the New Zealand Rugby Union, one cannot help noting that little consideration has peen shown the visiting British footballers for their match against Combined New Zealand. According.«, the present arrange, ments the Britishers play the test matoh immediately after a tour of the West Coast, branted that these matches will probably he the least arduous of the tour, there is the travelling and unusual experience associated with the AVest Coast tour to be considered, and the fact that only two days are allowed to intervene between tie last match on the West Coast and tho matoh against combined New Zealand at Wellington. Why not give the visiting footballers a chance, and allow them a week's rest before the most important engagement of the tour? r

Playing for London Hospital against London Scottish a few days before the mail left, our old fnend A. C. Palmer, the exOtago University three-quarter back, figured prominently, scoring a try and converting another. One critic writes this appreciation: "Palmer is the most improved wing three-quarter playing in London, and one of the hardest backs to twlue *t present plsjjng English " ,

E. J. Jaokett, the Leicester and Cornwall full. back,, is to be ono of tlio Rugby Union loam to participate in the Now Zealand tour at tho close of the' English season.. His pait international honours had, of' course, paved the way to this further distinction, but in addition to his ability on tho playing field'ho has a. bright and genial-personality that should contribute in no slight degree to tho success of tho tour from tho social standpoint.' Tho fact of H. Messenger having upheld in-English professional football, tho reputation ho made hero (says Sydney Referee in the amateur -game, and of G. V. Portus' having been olevatcd to a position in the English International' Fifteen, is reliable evidence that the standard of individual play in this country is good. The talent necessary for a high-class team for the tour of the United Kingdom is available, for there are a number of "colts!" of promiee. f ,

Some little difficulty is being found in allotting the dates of the Sydney University y. New Zealand Universities matches to be' played in Sydney in July. The New South Wales Union has given it 6 sanction to the matches.

The Welsh Rugby Union has written to the Now South Wales Rugby Union offering a hearty welcome to the team to Wales, and asking that the number of matches on the programme in Wales bo extended to the number played by New Zealand and South Africa. ;

A Verge, the one-time New South Wales fuU'back, is now playing for Edinburgh University. Another Sydney University Rugbyite, G. V.' Portus, is a, member of the Blaokheath team, One oritio says ho is the outsido half of whom overyonc who has seen him playing for Blaokheath is talking He possesses all' tho attributes for the position; ;and is not afraid to travel a 'journey or so on; his own now and then. Ho belongs, moreover, to the raro typo which docs well in a losing as well as in a winning game.

.•A letter has beep received by the N.S.W. Rugby Union from Prance, suggesting that the N.S,W. Rugbv footballers lie allowed to play four matches there. One'gamo'to be agauist all Prance. , .

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FOOTBALL., Otago Daily Times, Issue 14154, 5 March 1908

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FOOTBALL. Otago Daily Times, Issue 14154, 5 March 1908

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