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Brumbies winger Henry Speight still holds out hope of being joined by siblings

Henry Speight has been cleared of any damage to his jaw.

Henry Speight has been cleared of any damage to his jaw. Photo: Melissa Adams

Australian rugby is salivating at the thought of ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight pulling on a Wallabies' jersey later this year, but the Fijian flyer has been forced to postpone the dream of two of his siblings watching him play Super Rugby in Australia.

But he hopes an application will be successful later this year, which could open up the possibility of them watching him play for his adopted country when he becomes eligible on September 11.

The good news is his brother Sam, who saw him play at Canberra Stadium for the first time on Saturday, has extended his stay until Sunday, allowing him to watch the Brumbies' semi-final clash against Super Rugby minor premiers NSW Waratahs at the Sydney Football Stadium this weekend.

Speight spoke emotionally of the motivation of having Sam in the crowd for the Brumbies' epic qualifying final victory over the Waikato Chiefs, which led to an inspirational performance from the softly spoken bro with the fro.

Sam's extended stay could spell bad news for the Tahs if he repeats that performance.

While his older brother has taken holidays from the British Army, his sister Davila, who works for a bank, and brother Jerry, a university student, had their applications for visas denied because they were deemed a risk of seeking asylum because their father moved to Australia on a protection visa.

The Brumbies have backed repeated applications to the Department of Immigration during Speight's four years with the province. He is hoping the Australian Rugby Union might also throw its weight behind any applications.

"It's a massive void that's not being filled at the moment, not being able to sponsor any of them to come over and spend a week or two with me," Speight said. "If they make it for a Test that would be bloody awesome.

"Just to see them come out like Sammy did, that would be amazing in itself. It would just be good to be given permission and be allowed to show them what I do, see where my home is and what Canberra's like."

Speight has had an injury-interrupted season, after a broken jaw ruled him out for six games.

There were concerns he had reinjured it when he was on the wrong end of a high shot against the Chiefs, but he passed the fitness test.

"[I had] tuna steak last night, so it's good, and a bit of chocolate, that works even better," Speight said.

The injury meant Australia's highest try-scorer in Super Rugby for 2012-13 has crossed the stripe just twice this year. But it has not stopped him from being influential for the Brumbies, as he showed against the Chiefs.

Speight was unconcerned with his try return, after fellow outside backs Robbie Coleman and Jesse Mogg have picked up the slack with eight tries each.

Instead, the 26-year-old felt he had become a more rounded player, having an impact all over the ground and not just on the scoreboard.

"Scoring tries is a great bonus, but as long as I do my part for the team, I'll be happy," Speight said. "Whether that's carrying [the ball] hard or making tackles, but getting tries on top of that is a good day.

"It hasn't really come my way this year and in a way it's a positive, I can work on other things and contribute to the team. I feel I've balanced my game a bit, it's a good thing to have."

SUPER RUGBY SEMI-FINAL

ACT Brumbies v NSW Waratahs

At the Sydney Football Stadium, Saturday 7.40pm

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR vs AUS 01:30Twic
USA vs NZL 07:00Soldier Field
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs SAM 01:00Stadio Del Duca
ENG vs NZL 01:30Twic
WAL vs AUS 01:30MilS
FRA vs FJI 03:45Stade Velodrome
IRE vs RSA 04:30Lansdowne Road
SCO vs ARG 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs ARG 01:00Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
ENG vs RSA 01:30Twic
WAL vs FJI 01:30MilS
SCO vs NZL 04:30Murrayfield Stadium
FRA vs AUS 07:00StdF
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE vs GEO 01:30Lansdowne Road
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA vs RSA 01:00Stadio Plebiscito
SCO vs TGA 01:30Rugby Park
IRE vs AUS 03:30Lansdowne Road
WAL vs NZL 04:30MilS
ENG vs SAM 06:00Twic
FRA vs ARG 07:00StdF
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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