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Speight aiming for Wallaby spot

13th May 2014 07:59


Henry Speight of the Brumbies looks to break from a tackle by Nick Cummins of the Force

Future Wallaby: Henry Speight

Brumbies winger Henry Speight is hoping to prove his credentials as a potential future Wallaby as he returns from an injury lay-off.

The Fijian wing has been sidelined for the last two month after breaking his jaw but his imminent return should give him just enough time to show his worth to Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Speight is not eligible for Australia's June Tests against France - a spell at Waikato in 2011 means he has not yet fulfilled the IRB's 36 consecutive months' residency criteria to qualify - but he will be able to play in the Rugby Championship as he will become available from September 11.

"Everyone's aim is to make it to a higher level, that next step," Speight told AAP

"But I have been out for eight weeks - I have to come back and prove myself with the Brumbies.

"It's taken a bit longer than the usual three years, but there's no use getting frustrated over things you can't do much about," he added.

Speight is expected to turn out for the Brumies against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this weekend.

"He's certainly a guy you'd just slot straight back into the team," said head coach Stephen Larkham.

"He's a player that keeps himself fit off the field - his body is still ripped."

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