Welcome to fro-town

By Chris Dutton
Updated April 23 2018 - 8:18pm, first published January 18 2014 - 10:44pm

ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight is sporting an afro that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Jackson Five. Although look at this old photo of Wallabies greats Mark and Glen Ella, maybe the hairdo is fitting of an Australian Wallabies representative. Speight, born in Fiji, is still awaiting a ruling from the IRB on his eligibility for Australia. There is a deeper meaning behind the style though. Speight started growing his afro as part of Fijian tradition, growing his hair for 100 nights as a tribute to his cousin Malachi, who died after a battle with cancer last year. Speight took it a step further and kept his fro for the Super Rugby season. Speight’s even got his own hand-carved, Fijian fro comb to keep it all intact. Speight and Brumbies teammate Joe Tomane, who’s also avoided the clippers in the off-season, have now been dubbed the fro bros.

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