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North versus South' THE ASSOCIATION ELEVEN FOR SOUTH WALES. Gossip on the Approaching International Matc. and the Changes in Each of the Teams. The South Wales v. Gloucestershire match at Cardiff on Wednesday was not productire o such interest as might have been the case had the ground been in a. more favourabl condition for play. On a cast-iren field it is hardly to be expected that the players on either side would run many risks in the way of extra exertion, but, still, the play afforded conclusive preof that the Socker game in South Wales has several very able ex- ponents in their class. No one will even pretend to suggest that the eleTen that met Gloucester- shire were anything like a representative team. Clearly they were not. There were one or two smart individuals, but beyond this the team was for the most part composed of promising men who, after a few matches in good company, might develop into smart players. On Wednesday, as I say, they showed promising individuality, but clearly wanted the rough corners polishing off them. The Gloucestershire team is one that, as elevens. go in this part of the country, is ac- counted decidedly smart. In my own mind' however, I have no doubt but that we could pick team from South Wales that would give them a real good beating. The custodian was smart, that is on Wednesday's play, but what he would have been had he experieneed half the amount of trouble from the South Wales forwards he ought to have done is another thing. Britton was the best of the backs easily I and kicked surely and with judgment. Of the forwards Fielding, Peacock, and Francis were fairly clever, but, as a whole, I was not parti- cularly impressed with their tactics in front of gool. They were loose and erratic, and the shooting was very wild indeed. The committee of the South Wales Associa- tion held their meeting after the match to select the team to represent the South on January 13. A letter from the parent body in the North ask- ing them to hold over the publication of the teams until the players of several Mid Wales clubs had been consideied was responsible for the selected eleven not appearing. These sort of matters, however, generally filter out, and I am assured on the most trust- worthy authority that the eleyen selected—of course, with the sanction to a cer" tain extent of the North Wales body-are as follow :—Goal, C. J. Morgan (Brecon) backs, W. G. Evans (Builth) and Jestyn Wil- liams (Cardiff) half-backs, F. Evans (Builth), F. Farthing (Cardiff), and H. A. Tapsfield (Car diff); forwards, right wing, John Woodfield (Cardiff) and R. A. Jonas (Swansea) centre, E G. Howell (Builth) left wing, F. Morris (Fair- water) and J. Woodfield (Cardiff). Now, whatever the Mid-Wales clubs may have in store for us, I don't think they are likely to provide much talent that can with advantage be made to replace any of the above. Forwar d half back, and in goal I don't believe the com mittee could have selected players more likely to have given general satisfaction or to prove themselves worthy of the trust reposed in them. Indeed, the team as a whole may not be cavilled at, and I have every confidence in their ability to uphold the reputatia?! of this portion of the Principality as a football com- munity. I have not, by the way, seen Evans, the Builth full back, perform, but I am led to believe that, to misquote BretHarte, for ways that are smart and tricks that are clever" commend me not to the Heathen Chinee, but to Walter Evans. The only objectionoI have heard urged against him is that he is a trifle slow, and on this point Barnes would, perhaps, have been the better man. The objection of the English Rugby Union to give the name of the reserve three-quarter who will figure in the English back line should Lockwood adhere to his determination not to play is, to say the least of it, a very absurd, not to say autocratic, proceeding. The officials seem to hug to themselves the opinion that they occupy a similar position to that of the Czar of that enlightened country Russia. To ask them the why and the wherefore is a crime evidently. They issue an edict- that is sufficient, and the general public-whe, by the way, pay for their fun-must take it with the same make-the-best-of-a-bad-job sort of a spirit as an Imperial ukase. We are not alto- gether what we might be perhaps in Welsh Wales, but II think we go one better in these matters than England. Saville, of Cheshire, who, by the way, I pointed out a few days ago was hardly likely to play, will probably be replaced by Murfitt, the West Hartlepoor flier. I find that the statement to the effect that J. Hannan of Newport did not intend to play for Wales against England on Saturday next was unauthorised. Hannan states that not only is he going to play, but that he never felt in better oondition in his life. I A Swansea correspondent writes Sir,-It is pleasing to find, vide the Northern critics, that M Cutcheon is going in all his old form. His kicking, running, and tackling in the Cheshire match left nothing to be desired. His try from the centre of the field is spoken of as being one of the best bite of play seen this season. He got a pass from Valentine in mid-field, and went off with all his old dash. He doubled magnificently, got clear from the opposing wing and full back, and running down the field out-paced everybody and scored behind the posts. I am glad to hear of that, for he and Gould will have to look after the most dangerous wing of English three-quarters. Firth and Hooper are the only scoring men in the English quartette, and as M'Cutcheon has never yet failed to score when opposed to Firth, it is to be hoped that he will not allow Saturday to be an exception. Hooper, who is left centre, is not Gould's class by any means; he runs strongly, but that is all. Apropos Firth, the Halifax three-quarter chosen to represent England on Saturday, he has played with Halifax, the Yorkshire cup- holders, for four years. Previous to that he was a member of the Brigliouse Rangers. In the season 1888-9 he played for his county, the principal match lie took part in being against Lancashire, when he played centre three>- quarter. The county committee were not satis- fied with his play in that position, but it never occurred to them to try him as a wing three-quarter until last season. Then he achieved considerable success in the five county matches in which he took part, namely, against Devonshire, Cheshire, Middlesex, Cumberland, and the Rest of England. He scored a try in the former and latter matches. He has played for his county in every match this season thus far, and his achievements have fully justified his selection for International honours. In addition he has scored ten tries for his own club in the fourteen matches he has taken part in. He is an excellent all-round player. His turn of speed is very fine; in fact, he has hardly an equal in that respect in the North of England. He is a splendid drop kick, tackles very securely, and can take and give a pass cleanly. The squabble between Mr. Hornby and the Corinthian Football Club is, like the poor, always with us. Even" Truth" goes out of its way this week to deal with the subject, and. concisely put, their argument is that Without bringing forward a single fact, Mr. Hornby repeats his old accusation, saying, besides, that he is still of opinion that a work- ing man who is paid for broken time is as much an amateur as one who receives hotel and travelling expenses. B'ut that opinion does' not require the imputations that he has made against the Corinthians to support it. The writer can scarcely believe that a gentle- man of Mr. Hornby's position could act as he has done unless he has, or believes he has, some facts to support the insinuations he has made. If he is possessed of such facte it is his duty for the sake of amateurs, to publish them at once." If it is only to give us a rest, 1 hope Hr. Hornby will explain. WELSH ATHLETE,

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