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Speight returns for Brumbies to face Cheetahs

Winger Henry Speight gets help from a medic after breaking his jaw

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Article Published: Thursday 15 May 2014|

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The Brumbies have named their Super Rugby team to play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein with Henry Speight making his first appearance since fracturing his jaw in round 5.

Australia's top try-scorer in 2012 and 2013, Speight has been limited to just four appearances for the Brumbies in 2014, after collecting a loose elbow against the Waratahs which required surgery.

But since then, Speight has returned to full health and is now ready to climb into the Cheetahs. He comes into the team for Joe Tomane who fractures his eye socket last week against the Sharks.

South African born JP Smith returns to the bench in place of Ruaidhri Murphy in an otherwise unchanged team from the one which beat the Sharks in Canberra last Saturday.

Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher said the Cheetahs presented the Brumbies with a significant challenge.

"The Cheetahs are a side we haven't beaten in Africa since 2009 and who always put in a strong performance against the Brumbies," Fisher said.

"It's pleasing to have a guy like Henry available for selection. We all know how dangerous he is with the ball so it'll be good to see him take advantage of any opportunities which may come his way.

"We are focussed on getting this tour off to a good start and claiming a win over the Cheetahs on the High-Veldt would certainly tick a few boxes."

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Scott Fardy , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Fotu Auelua , 7. Jarrad Butler , 8. Ben Mowen (c) , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Robbie Coleman , 12. Christian Lealiifano , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements , 16. Josh Mann-Rea , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. JP Smith , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. Tom McVerry , 21. Conrad Hoffmann , 22. Andrew Smith , 23. Pat McCabe

 
 
 
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