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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 22, No. 6. Wednesday, June 24, 1959


Let's shear away this woolly thinking on the All White All Black question. How can a sport be furthered by ignoring all moral and ethical principles?

Let's be honest. The question isn't whether Maoris should be included or not, but whether New Zealand can be honourably represented in a country whose policy it may acknowledge but which it can't possibly condone. The answer is surely no.

Let's stop this nonsense 'about the Maoris being put in an awkward position if they are allowed to go to South Africa, The whole nation—and New Zealand is still ostensibly one nation—will place itself in an awkward position if anyone goes.

What sort of sportsmen can possibly be so bloody thinking that they can believe the phrase "the game's the thing" can possibly be interpreted "the game's the only thing?"

Future generations of rugby players may regret the New Zealand Rugby Union's lack of moral courage.

The issue is straightforward.

No rugby crown anywhere in the world is worth embarassment to ourselves and that means Pakeha and Maori, for New Zealand still believes all are equal before God and the law.