05 Aug Speight Signs On To Stay With Brumbies For Another 3 Years
Aquis Brumbies winger Henry Speight has signed a new three-year deal that will keep him with the club and Australian Rugby Union until at least 2018.
Speight’s landmark deal will allow him to play for the Brumbies and the Wallabies and participate in the 2016 Australian Sevens Program – with an eye on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As part of the agreement between Australian Rugby and the Aquis Brumbies, Speight will combine his duties with the national Sevens program and the Brumbies throughout 2016.
At the conclusion of the Rio Olympics in August 2016, Speight will be available for the Wallabies for the remainder of The Rugby Championship before returning full-time with the Aquis Brumbies for the 2017 and 2018 Super Rugby seasons. The Fijian-born winger made his Super Rugby debut for the Brumbies in 2011 against the Chiefs and has since played 74 matches for the club. In that time he has crossed for 26 tries.
Speight made his long-awaited debut for the Wallabies in 2014 and is hoping to add to his tally of two international appearances this year through The Rugby Championship and 2015 Rugby World Cup. His first taste of professional-rugby came in his final year of school in New Zealand, when representing Hamilton Boys High School he was picked for Waikato making his debut against the Bay of Plenty in 2008. Speight represented his native Fiji in the same year at the Junior World Cup in Belfast.
The 27-year old is excited about the new deal that will allow him to chase an Olympic dream and to remain with the Brumbies for another three seasons.
“I’m really happy to be staying in Canberra for another three years,” the winger said.
“I love playing in front of all the fans here, it’s always a blessing.
“I’m really excited about what the future holds and can’t wait to put a Brumbies jersey back on and get back on the paddock.”
Speight is a crowd favourite in the nation’s capital and is constantly found, post-game, as the last player on the pitch signing autographs and posing for photos with fans.
He is also well-known for his work off-field. In 2014 Henry shaved his head to help raise over $30,000 for a Fijian foundation, Walk on Walk Strong which supports children with cancer.
Brumbies CEO Michael Jones is excited to retain one of his key backs for another three seasons.
“Henry is one of our most reliable players week in week out,” Jones said.
“Henry is not only a great rugby player but also a great supporter of the local community, which is one of the reasons the fans love him here in Canberra.
“Recently, Henry volunteered to support our holiday clinic for local kids here at Brumbies HQ.
“He’s an asset for the club both on and off the field and we are very excited to have staying with the club for another three years.”
Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham said he is delighted to have one of his key players on board until 2018.
“He has proved his work, he has shown his quality in the big games and he always delivers,” Larkham said.
“Off the field, Henry is one of the most popular guys in our club and it’s not just because he takes time to thank fans after every home match.
“It’s because he is an unbelievable player both in attack and defence.
“We understand that he has an ambition to represent the Brumbies, Wallabies and Australia at the Olympics and this new contract paves the way for that to be possible.”
Click this link to see a message from Henry Speight about signing on with the Brumbies until 2018.
|DOB||24 / 3 / 1988|
|BIRTH PLACE||Suva, Fiji|
|2008 – 2011||Waikato (ITM Cup) – New Zealand||34||40|
|2011 –||Brumbies (Super Rugby) – Australia||74||130|
|2014 –||University of Canberra Vikings (NRC) – Australia||1||0|