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McKenzie includes Speight in Aussie squad

Updated: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 10:50 | Comments

Henry Speight qualifies as an Australian resident on 11 September
Henry Speight qualifies as an Australian resident on 11 September

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has included Henry Speight in his squad for the Rugby Championship, even though the ACT Brumbies winger will be ineligible for selection for half of the campaign.

Fijian Speight will miss the back-to-back Tests against New Zealand and the clash with South Africa at the start of Australia's campaign before he qualifies for the Wallabies on residential grounds on 11 September.

Speight was the only uncapped player included in the 32-man squad, which featured few changes from that for the 3-0 June Test series triumph over France.

Hooker Stephen Moore, who captained the side in the opening Test against France only to suffer a knee injury, was not available for selection and flanker Michael Hooper will skipper the side.

Australia play their first match against world champions New Zealand in Sydney on 16 August:

Forwards - Wycliff Palu, Ben McCalman, Scott Higginbotham, Michael Hooper (captain), Matt Hodgson, Scott Fardy, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Sam Carter, Ben Alexander, Pek Cowan, Sekope Kepu, James Slipper, Scott Sio, James Hanson, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Nathan Charles.

Backs - Israel Folau, Rob Horne, Henry Speight, Joe Tomane, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Pat McCabe, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali'ifano, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale, Bernard Foley, Luke Burgess, Nic White, Nick Phipps. 

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