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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 3 (June 1, 1938.)

Losses to Rugby

Losses to Rugby.

When Messrs. Alan Good and Samuel Wilson passed away, the Grim Reaper recently took away two men prominently associated with the history of New Zealand Rugby football.

Mr. Good, one of four brothers prominent in New Zealand sport — each brother had fine track performances to his credit—represented New Zealand on the Rugby field in 1893, being one of the first three Taranaki players to win an All Black jersey. He toured Australia that year, but in 1888 had played against Lilywhite and Shrewsbury's first English team to visit New Zealand. In 1928 he accompanied the All Blacks on their tour of South Africa.

Mr. Wilson was president of the Canterbury Rugby Union for many years, and represented New Zealand at the International Rugby Conference held in London in 1924, at the time the “Invincible All Blacks” were winning their matches. A life member of the Canterbury Rugby Union, Mr. Wilson never won representative honours in New Zealand, although he won a New South Wales representative cap while living in Australia. In addition to his interest in football, Mr. Wilson served for several years as an executive officer on the New Zealand Cricket Council.

Addressing schoolboys in Canterbury not long before his death, Mr. Wilson gave the lads this sound advice: “Boys, I want you to do this for me: See how much you can put into the game, and not how much you can get out of it, for as an old man who has played football I can assure you that the more you put into it the more pleasure you will take out.”