Henry Speight

Winger

Super Rugby Caps:
62
Super Rugby Points:
110
Super Rugby Debut:
2011 v Chiefs, Canberra
Profile  
Height: 186cm
Weight: 97kg
Date Of Birth: 24/3/1988
Place of Birth: Suva, Fiji
Senior Club  
Club Gungahlin Eagles, ACT
Henry Speight has fast become one of, if not the best, outside backs in the world.

Since 2011 the Fijian Flyer has captivated audiences with his magical left-right steps, awesome fend and hard running style. More impressively, he continues to build on his already robust defensive game to prove that he is one of the most reliable Brumbies players in all facets of the game.

The former ‘Bro with the Fro’ is a crowd favorite and is constantly found, post-game, as the last player out on the pitch signing autographs and taking photos with the fans. His work off of the pitch and within the community continues to boost his popularity amongst his fellow Canberrans; most recently with Henry shaving his afro for a local Fijian foundation, Walk On Walk Strong, raising over $30,000 for children with cancer.

Silky, as he is known in the sheds, has accelerated in leaps and bounds since moving from Waikato, in the ITM Cup. As the top Australian conference try-scorer in 2012 and 2013 only injury halted his impressive Super Rugby form in the 2014 season. Suffering a broken jaw against the Waratahs was a minor set-back for Henry, though he came back with some blistering performances towards the season’s end.

Unfortunately due to visa ineligibility issues over Henry’s involvement in the ITM Cup, it was a long wait for his Green & Gold debut. This finally changed in 2014 when he made his long-overdue international debut, notching 2 caps for the Wallabies during their Spring Tour (3 if you include the match against the Barbarians).

2015 gives Henry a chance to further impress in another Super Rugby campaign and hopefully he will make a Wallabies winger jersey his own to help the Aussie’s shine at the World Cup in England.

Timeline:
2006: Aged grade representative for Fiji playing out of the Queen Victoria School in Suva.

2008: Moved to New Zealand and is picked out of his final year at Hamilton Boys High School to represent Waikato in the ITM Cup. He also represents his native Fiji in the Junior World Cup.

2009: ???

2010: Earns a starting position, alongside Christian Lealiifano, for Waikato in the ITM Cup final against Canterbury, unfortunately they lose 33 – 13.

2011: Moves to the Brumbies making an easy transition into life in Super Rugby, quickly cementing himself as a first choice winger. Returns to Waikato in the off season to play his final games in the ITM Cup, having made 23 appearances along the way.

2012: Plays in every match of the season in the Brumbies team that narrowly misses the finals and finishes the season as the top Australian Conference try-scorer.

2013: Once again plays in every match of the season for a Brumbies team that falls just short of a Super Rugby title; having lost to the Chiefs in the Grand Final and finishes as joint, top Australian Conference try-scorer. Is named as Player of the Tournament as Brumbies claim inaugural World Club Sevens in London.

2014: Makes his 50th Brumbies & Super Rugby Cap and plays his part for the team that bows out of the competition to the Waratahs in the Semi-final in Sydney. Earns himself a call-up to the Wallabies Squad for the Spring Tour.

2015: Will give Henry a chance to further impress in another Super Rugby campaign and will have the chance to make a Wallabies winger jersey his own and potentially shine at the World Cup in England.