When the English footballers, captained by that " mighty atom " the Rev. Mullineux, were defeated in their first match with the 'representatives of Australia, English writers fell foul of the team for calling itself representative. Now that the Englishmen have won the other three "test" games, I
suppose there will be a revulsion of feeling, ,and the victors will be welcomed right royally and over-whelmed with fulsome adulation. Undoubtedly the Englishmen proved themselves a good lot, bat they never met the best representatives of Australasian Rugby 'football. They ought to have come to New 'Zealand for the highest exposition of the Kugby game. Want of time, or some other .reason, precluded such a desirable visit, so for the present the question of supremacy ..between England; and New Zealand is A meeting of the representatives may not be long in coming, however, por the Rev. Mullinenx has expressed a Idesire that the next team of English footballers should include New Zealand in iheir tour, and the idea of getting a New fpealand team together to invade England is fpso mooted.
The visit of the English players has called attention to the question of wing forwards. After witnessing the half-back play of their visitors, New South Wales writers believe that a death blow to the wings has been dealt. That l'emains to be seen. Such a consummation is decidedly to bo desired, for anything more barbarous than to see two pair of men engaged in a purely personal rough and tumble encounter in a game supposed to be one of skill and dexterity, it is difficult to imagine. In nine games out of ten wing forwards are mostly engaged in a sci'agging match pure and simple. Furious struggles are witnessed of men trying to put one another on the ground, but these, beyond appealing to the friends of the particular players, are unworthy of, and have nothing to do with, the game of football. Bruto force is required for pushing in the scrums, but outside the pack science is the necessary article. Wing forwards are about on a par with the hacking tactics prevailing in " Tom Brown's " days at Rugby, and if the visit of the Rev. Mullineux's team should result in the abolition of the wing forward, the defeat of Australia will not have been in vain.
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FOOTBALL., New Zealand Illustrated Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1, 1 October 1899
FOOTBALL. New Zealand Illustrated Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1, 1 October 1899
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