Wallabies coach keeping an eye on Speight
July 31, 2013
Henry Speight has been Australia's highest Super Rugby try-scorer over the past two seasons © Getty Images
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie admits he's keeping an eye on when Brumbies winger Henry Speight will become eligible for the Wallabies.
Unfortunately for Fijian-born Speight, playing for Waikato in New Zealand's National Provincial Championship (NPC) means he likely won't be able to play for the Wallabies until the spring tour of Europe kicking off in November.
The 25-year-old flyer has been Australia's highest Super Rugby try-scorer over the past two seasons.
His power fend on Bulls halfback Francois Hougaard helped him beat three defenders before flick passing to fullback Jesse Mogg to open the try-scoring in the Brumbies' shock 26-23 semi-final victory over the Bulls on Sunday morning.
While he will likely miss the entire Rugby Championship, McKenzie said Speight was doing everything he could to book a spot on the Wallabies' spring tour.
"I'm well aware of his form. He's had an outstanding year," McKenzie said. "If he's only available for one Rugby Championship game that makes it complicated (to join the current squad). But there's a five game tour at the end of the year and he's eligible around that time. I'm waiting to know (the date) and I'll make decisions accordingly."
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