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Sky's the limit for the Brumbies' flying Fijian

Brumbies winger Henry Speight takes flight at Canberra Airport on Thursday (and yes, this photo is real).

Brumbies winger Henry Speight takes flight at Canberra Airport on Thursday (and yes, this photo is real). Photo: Colleen Petch

Henry Speight has been given the all-clear to launch himself into the Super Rugby season and the ACT Brumbies flyer wants to land in the Wallabies' squad this year, too.

Brumbies coach Jake White has picked Speight to join Clyde Rathbone as the team's wingers for the opening-round clash with the Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.

White finalised his line-up on Thursday and Speight will start ahead of Wallabies winger Joseph Tomane, while Colby Faingaa gets his chance from the bench after injury limited him to just one game last year.

For Speight, it's a chance to begin his bid for Australian Test selection and spark the Brumbies attack as they aim to become one of the most potent back lines in the competition.

Speight arrived in Canberra three years ago as a quiet and unassuming Fijian winger with speed to burn.

But after a breakout season last year, the 24-year-old has a desire to play for the Wallabies and he will be eligible for Australian selection later this year.

Speight turned down a chance to train with the Fiji squad to become eligible for the Wallabies and after off-season knee surgery, White is adamant he can rise into Test contention.

''In his own unassuming way, Henry Speight has said he wants to play for the Wallabies and he wants to give it a full crack,'' White said.

''There's no doubt with what he's done at training and his work ethic is good enough to play international rugby.

''The fact that he wants to play for the Wallabies is fantastic … Henry showed last year the improvements he made and if he can do that again, there's no reason why he won't be knocking on the door for international honours.''

White said winning games was the priority for his team, but admitted they wanted to be entertaining.

The Brumbies scored 41 tries last season - the highest tally in the Australian conference.

Speight scored eight with some superb performances and now he's hungry for more.

But he conceded the Brumbies' attack needed to be more explosive if they wanted to be title contenders.

''We took our scoring opportunities last year, but on the flipside there's progression to our game plan this year,'' Speight said.

''The knowledge is there that we can score points, it's just a matter of how we go about getting them.

''My job is just to catch, run and put it [the ball] down.

''Hopefully we can do it a lot more this season and build on the confidence we got from last season.''

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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 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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
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ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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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
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WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
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LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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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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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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