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Speight ready to rock

Henry Speight has pledged his allegiance to Australia and wants to be a Wallaby.

Henry Speight has pledged his allegiance to Australia and wants to be a Wallaby. Photo: Graham Tidy

He arrived as the Fijian flyer with speed to burn but Henry Speight says he's ready to make the transformation to Wallabies X-factor and launch a bid for Test selection.

Four weeks out from the start of the Super Rugby season, Speight declared his intention to rocket into the Wallabies squad in his first year as an eligible player after biding his time for three years.

It's a dream the ACT Brumbies winger has had since watching tapes of the Wallabies at the 1991 World Cup when growing up in Fiji.

And after turning down an offer to train and play with his country of birth at the end of last year, Speight is confident he has what it takes to play for the Wallabies. Despite being in stellar form, he had to sit back and watch as teammates Joseph Tomane and Jesse Mogg were called into the Wallabies' squad last season.

But Speight is using the duo's rise from obscurity on to the Wallabies' radar as the inspiration for his Test ambitions.

''The huge confidence booster for me was watching Joe and Moggy and knowing my fellow back-three teammates could get there,'' Speight said.

''It has given me the confidence that if I can do the same or better than what I did last year, I can be pushing for a spot on that right wing.

''[Brumbies coach Jake White] has told me he wants to make me a Wallaby and my job is to believe in that 100 per cent.''

Speight had a breakout season last year and helped the Brumbies to within one win of a shock finals appearance.

He scored eight tries despite being hampered by a knee injury for a large chunk of the season.

The 24-year-old is easing back into training and is on target to be fit for the Brumbies' first pre-season trial in Darwin on February 1.

The speedster has been on a roller-coaster ride since arriving at the Brumbies for the 2011 season.

In his debut campaign he struggled to ignite the Brumbies' attack and had to deal with family deaths in Fiji.

White's arrival sparked Speight into action and he showed he could be a dangerous winger with an impressive ability to find the try line.

Having played for Fiji as a junior, Speight had to spend three seasons in Australia before being eligible for the Wallabies.

He draws inspiration from watching fellow Fijians Julian Savea and Joe Rokocoko forge successful careers in New Zealand.

''My first goal for this year is to be in the starting team each week and from that score more tries and try to get a championship with the Brumbies - that's the ultimate goal,'' Speight said.

''I would love to lift the title this year and if we do everything right at the Brumbies, then higher honours with the Wallabies will take care of itself.''

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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