Looking after the Gear
Rugby equipment was not easy to obtain in the “good old days” and needed to be looked after, as this report from the Manawatu Herald demonstrates.
A curious incident occurred recently in the back blocks where they play an annual game of football, one district versus another. It appears the referee ordered a player off the field because he kicked too hard at the “pigskin bag of wind.” On being remonstrated with at the end of the game, the said “whistler” explained: — “It’s the only ball in the district and I weren’t going to have it busted before the game ended”. [Manawatu Herald, 16 August 1906]