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Henry Speight could play for Gungahlin Eagles in John I Dent cup

It might leave Michael Cheika less than impressed but Wallabies flyer Henry Speight could be a last-minute inclusion for the Gungahlin Eagles if he has it his way.

Eagles coach Dan Atkins has declared "there will never be another Henry Speight" with the Super Rugby star an outside chance to line up for Gungahlin against Wests on Saturday.

The match was already set to be the Eagles' biggest of the year as the club raises money for Menslink, but the coup of landing Speight could have Nicholls Enclosed Oval bursting at the seams.

Speight, whose brother Jerry plays second grade for Gungahlin, made a surprise appearance in red and black last weekend, less than 24 hours after the Brumbies crashed out of the Super Rugby finals.

Despite currently being in a Wallabies training camp in Newcastle, Atkins wouldn't be surprised if Speight leaves him guessing until game day.

"I only knew last week at 9:30 on the morning of the game," Atkins said.


"He messaged me asking if I had any space on the bench in second grade and he ended up coming on for 20 minutes in both firsts and seconds."

Atkins praised Speight's attitude in an era where most Super Rugby players have largely neglected club ties, calling the Fijian the perfect role-model.

"Henry is an absolute club legend," Atkins said.

"You won't find a better clubman, he's down here every week at training. There will never be another Henry Speight."

Gungahlin will wear special charity jerseys for this weekend's game and will auction them off in a bid to raise $10,000 for Menslink.

Menslink raises awareness and creates discussions about mental health, and Eagles club captain Ben McGee said teaming up with the young mens organisation was the perfect fit.

"We were really pushing for it this year," McGee said.

"Obviously our club is predominately made up of young men so this is a good opportunity for us to shed some light on some of the issues that young men are facing.

"I work in pastoral care now so I understand the issues that young men face in their lives and if this just raises a bit of awareness and gets that message across then I think that would be a fantastic outcome."

McGee has been playing both first and third grade this season, and he will have cause for celebration in the latter this weekend when club stalwart Adam Gresham play his 300th game.

McGee laughed Gungahlin's third grade halfback has been "trying to retire for 14 years" but he is in awe of Gresham's efforts, crediting him for much of his rugby education.

"He was one of my first coaches when I came out of school," McGee said.

"I've only played a handful of games with him because he's been trying to retire for 14 years. But I think someone mentioned to him that he was fairly close [to 300 games] and so for the last 10 weeks he's probably been playing more football than he played in his peak."


Saturday: Gungahlin v Wests, Nicholls Enclosed; Royals v Uni-Norths, Phillip Oval; Easts v Queanbeyan, Griffith Oval. All games 3.05pm.