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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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