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Brumbies wing Speight’s Olympic dream is over

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Brumbies winger Henry Speight’s quest for Olympic Gold is over as he has been ruled out of the Rio 2016 Olympics due to injury.

Speight has suffered a Grade 3 medial ligament injury to his right knee and will not be able to contest the Olympics.

The 28-year-old sustained the injury in Game Four of the six-match series between the Australian national Sevens side and the Australian Development team on Tuesday evening and is expected to be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “We’re all gutted for Henry. He made a commitment to the program and has done everything he possibly could to get himself in the frame for Olympic selection.

“Even after the facial injury he received some ten weeks ago, Henry’s commitment didn’t waver but the rugby gods just haven’t been kind to him whatsoever. On behalf of everyone at the Australian Sevens program, we would like to wish Henry all the best in his recovery.”

Speight played in the Dubai and Sydney tournaments during the 2015-16 World Rugby Sevens Series, scoring two tries.

The Men’s and Women’s squads chosen to represent Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympics will be announced publicly on Thursday 14 July.

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