Speight staying put in Canberra for another year
Photo: Red Bandana / Karen Watson
Brumbies and Wallabies winger Henry Speight has put pen to paper to extend his stay in the nation’s capital for one more year, until the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season.
“I am very happy to have extended my contract with the Brumbies for another year and I looking forward to continuing to play in front of the Brumbies supporters,” said the 30-year-old.
“The Brumbies are a very special club and is a very well-run organisation. We have some tremendous young talent, alongside some older heads, which is a really good mix and our coaching staff is excellent. I am excited for the challenges ahead.”
The flying Fijian debuted in 2001 and has racked up 35 Super Rugby tries in 98 appearances for the Brumbies, including a trademark effort against the Sharks in their last hit-out in round five just over a week ago.
He has also crossed the chalk four times for Australia in his 19 caps, and should be a key component of the Wallabies Rugby World Cup squad that heads to Japan in 18 months time.
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar was understandably happy to have the services of Speight for another year.
“Henry is a senior player and a very popular member of the club and the Canberra community. He has been at the Brumbies a long time now and is a leader within our group. He is an international winger and is a very dangerous player.
“The Brumbies has always been a club that wants to retain the players we have got and, at his best, Henry is a world class winger. This now ensures we have his services here for another couple of years and its exciting for us that we have been able to do that.”
Speight and the Brumbies are back in action this Saturday when they host local rivals the NSW Waratahs, in what should be a blockbuster derby at GIO Stadium
ACT BRUMBIES v NSW WARATAHS
Saturday 31st March
GIO Stadium, Canberra
Tickets available from ticketek.com.au