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Brumbies Henry Speight and Joseph Tomane use NRC to launch Wallabies selection bid

Canberra Vikings players, Henry Speight, left and Joe Tomane have some fun ahead of Saturday's game.

Canberra Vikings players, Henry Speight, left and Joe Tomane have some fun ahead of Saturday's game. Photo: Graham Tidy

Wallaby in waiting Henry Speight will use his first National Rugby Championship appearance to prove he's ready for Test duties as he prepares to end a four-year wait to play for Australia.

Speight will play for the Canberra Vikings on Saturday, counting down the days until he's eligible to play for the Wallabies and hoping the Department of Immigration finally clears his siblings to visit Australia.

Fijian-born Speight's drawn-out eligibility saga will end on September 11, making him available to play for the Wallabies against South Africa on September 13.

Immigration is still refusing his brother, Jerry, and sister, Davila, temporary visitor visas to Australia because they are deemed a risk of becoming asylum seekers.

But even if they remain in Fiji, Speight has vowed to do everything in his power to make them feel a part of his Test debut if he is selected next week, including sending photos home from the Wallabies' change rooms.

"It's nine days to go, but who's counting?" he grinned.

"It's been a tough one for me. I certainly had a few doubts in my mind [if I would ever play for Australia]. I just want to prove myself and make sure when the date comes around I'm in contention.

"It's been almost four years now ... I'm excited. I haven't said that before because I've been ticking the days off from months, to weeks, to days.

"But now it's in single-digit days. It's been a long wait ... my family's situation is still pending. But they will still be with me one way or another - I'll make them feel a part of it."

The ACT Brumbies' "fro bros", Speight and Joseph Tomane, will make their comebacks from hamstring injuries to play for Canberra against Queensland Country on Saturday.

The wing duo believe they can transfer their try-scoring partnership to Test level and want to show Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie they're primed for a call-up.

Tomane has been plagued by a "Wallabies curse", suffering constant injuries while on the cusp of cementing his Test place.

The NRL convert has played nine Tests in three years and was set to play both Bledisloe Cup matches against the All Blacks last month before he tore his hamstring.

"Higher honours is my goal this year, I want to play for the Wallabies," he said. "But right now I just want to put in a good performance and try to focus on playing well. I might go and see a witch doctor or something [to fix the injury curse]."

Under IRB eligibility rules, Speight had to live in Australia for three years before being available for Wallabies selection. He arrived in Canberra to join the Brumbies at the end of 2010, but a brief playing stint in New Zealand triggered an eligibility debacle and the Fijian flyer was forced to wait four years before getting his chance with the Wallabies.

It's likely McKenzie will inject Speight straight into the Wallabies line-up after his superb form over the past two seasons.

Speight has written to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison with supporting letters from the Brumbies, the ARU and ACT Senator Kate Lundy. It's understood Brumbies board members are keen to throw their support behind Speight's case.

It's likely Tomane and Speight will be fighting for the same Wallabies jersey next week, but Tomane said they wanted to transfer their partnership to international level.

"There's two wing spots, I don't think there's a problem there," Tomane said. "We can play at the Brumbies together, why can't we do that at the Wallabies? I'm hoping to play with him in Wallaby gold, I'm gutted that it's taken him so long to be eligible for Australia."

NATIONAL RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND 3

Saturday: Canberra Vikings v Queensland Country at Viking Park, 2.30pm. Tickets available at the gate.

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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