Wallabies debut for Speight in Dublin

Date published: November 20 2014

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Wallabies winger Henry Speight will make his Test debut for Australia in Saturday’s November Test against Ireland in Dublin.

Wallabies winger Henry Speight will make his Test debut for Australia in Saturday’s November Test against Ireland in Dublin.

Speight, 26, will become the third player to make his debut for Australia on this tour, joining Sean McMahon and Tetera Faulkner, and is one of four changes made to the starting line-up for Saturday.

The other changes see lock Sam Carter, back-row Luke Jones and centre Matt Toomua come into a starting XV which boasts 488 games of Test experience.

Jones has earned his first run-on opportunity for the Wallabies in just his second match at Test level, following his debut against France in Melbourne in June, while Carter and Toomua will both earn their 10th cap for the Wallabies in 2014.

An extended bench has been selected, with the final line-up to be confirmed and announced closer to the match. Kurtley Beale is one of contenders to be named in the 23 for Saturday.

“Henry has done all the right things to earn his selection, has had an outstanding Super Rugby season and deserves his opportunity to play for Australia,” said Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

“He is very passionate about representing Australia and we’re all looking forward to seeing him bring his best attributes to our game.

“The other changes have been made to give the other players who have been knocking on the door an opportunity to start a Test match on this tour.

“All our changes will bring a new energy into the team and I know everyone is looking forward to the opportunities our match against Ireland will bring.”

The match is Australia’s fourth of their five-game tour and will be followed by a final game against England at Twickenham next weekend.

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridriani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Luke Jones, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Saia Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper
Replacements (three to be omitted): James Hanson, Tetera Faulkner, Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander, James Horwill, Will Skelton, Jake Schatz, Will Genia, Quade Cooper, Rob Horne, Kurtley Beale

Date: Saturday, November 22
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kickoff: 16:30 local (GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
TMO: Eric Gauzins (France)

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