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NOTES BY FORWARD.

The Englishmen have won another match, this time against the Aucklanders, and it now seems as if the Taranaki match is the only one they are going to loose during their trip. The Taranaki team must be a very good one, and I •incerely hope a match will be arranged between that province and Auckland this season. A New Zealand team to play against the Englishmen on their return from Australia is also a consummation devoutly to be wished. Now that we have seen that Dunedin can top all other parts of New Zealand in the matter of attendance it is only reasonable and fair that the match should be played here. But there are also ether very good reasons why Dunedin on this occasion should be selected as the locale of, such a match! One of the most important is that the Auckland players will be down here about the time of the return of the Englishmen, while the Canterbury interprovincial match is also to be .played here about that date. With three interprovincial teams on the ground, the facilities for getting a splendid team together would be all that could be desired. We could have a grand football carnival, and I think I could safely predict an enormous attendance for the most important match. j Up to the time of writing the Englishmen have played eight matches, of which they have won six, lost one, and drawn one. I give below an interesting table showing details of the scoring in the various matches: — April 28.— Otago first match—England, 8 points; Otago, 3 points. 'May2.—Qtagosecond match—England,4 points; Otago, 3 points. May s.—Canterbury first match—England, 14 points; Canterbury, 6 points. May 9. —Canterbury Becond match —England, 4 points, Canterbury, nothing. • May 12.—Wellington first match—Englaad, 3 points; Wellington, 3 points. May 14.—Wellington second match—England, 4 points; Wellington, 1 point. May 16.—Taranaki—Taranaki, i;point; England, nothing. May 19.—Auckland—England,6points; Auckland, S points. The score of the Englishmen against the respective provinces is therefore as follows: — Otago ... ... 12 points to 6 Canterbury ... 18 points to 6 Wellington ... 7 points to 4 Taranald... ... Opointßtol Auckland ... 6 points to 3 Tetal points for ... 43 Agut... 20 In consequence of the recent removal of Mr James Christie from Waimate, the captaincy of the club was resigned by him. The members of the club and all lovers of the game at Waimate regret the loss the club has sustained by Mr Christie's removal, as he may be considered to be the father of the club, so far as organisation and regular practice are concerned. On May 8, If r E: H. M. Roxby was elected captain vice Mr Christie resigned, Mr A. C. Blake (deputycaptain), and Mr R. G. Baxter, a member of committee in place of Mr A. C. Blake. I A North of England paper says :—" The championship amongst the English Rugby counties wns duly decided on Saturday, the Middlesex Fifteen, who finished up their season with a hard-won victory over Lancashire, proving th'.-mselves unmistakably the strongest of the county football teams. Somersetshire and Lancashire, both formidable rivals of the metropolitan organisation, have to admit two reverses each, and Yorkshire three, whereas Middlesex have beaten every one of these three teams, and, in addition, secured a somewhat lucky victory over Durham. Indeed, several of the achievements of the champion county have had some element of luck in them, but about their supremacy there can be doubt. The Middlesex committee are fortunate in having the call upon a large number of the men playing for Richmond, Blackheath, and the London Scottish—probably the three strongest clubs in the country. The largeness of the field to select from was exemplified upon Saturday, when the threequarters proved to be Maclagan and Lindsay, of the London Scottish, and Gould, the Welsh international, who plays for Richmond. Forward the side was not too powerful, but these three men more than atoned for any deficiency, Lindsay gaining especial distinction by dropping a goal and securing a, try." From the same source I ifiarn " the Scottish Football Union have decided not to entertain the proposals submitted by the English Union. This decision was come to last Saturday. The unions of which the Internation Board is composed now go for equal representation, and if England refuse that there will be an end to international matches. We ar9 certain the decision arrived at will give everyone satisfaction. It is to be hoped that the combined unions will not budge a bit. They have the trump card, and if they play carefully the game is theirs." This is the Scotch view of the matter.

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NOTES BY FORWARD., Otago Witness, Issue 1905, 25 May 1888

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NOTES BY FORWARD. Otago Witness, Issue 1905, 25 May 1888

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