Henry Speight’s family has finally been granted visitor visas. Photo: Getty Images
After a long four year wait ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight has finally become eligible to suit up for the Wallabies, but it wasn’t his long-term wait to become a Wallaby that had Speight so happy over the weekend, but the Australian government ending years of heartache by granting his family visitor visas.
The Fijian-born star and his five siblings were reunited for the first time in seven years over the weekend, with Davila and Jerry allowed into the country just days after Speight became eligible to play for Australia.
Tafs was a nerd in Granville High School. Photo: wikiimages
Kamikaze hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau was a schoolboy academic who excelled in chess before becoming the Wallabies’ Mr Wreckless.
Now, after nine seasons and countless serious injuries, the Tongan powerhouse believes he can produce his best, and remain on the field, by finally allowing his head to rule his big heart.
O’Connor waiting in the wings for a chance at redemption. Photo: Patrick Hamilton, AFP
Yes, I know that James O’Connor has been a prat. An official at the ARU who had to deal with him all the time told me that O’Connor was the worst of the Three Amigos – O’Connor, Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper.
He would encourage and lead his mates into trouble and then, somehow, slide away unscathed, while the other two copped the blame and the punishments.
Kurtley Beale (on deck) celebrates with the Waratahs after defeating the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final. Photo: Getty Images
NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika is a lot more optimistic about fending off rugby league’s interest in his playmaking star Kurtley Beale than he was a month ago.
Cheika is confident Australia’s latest mauling by the All Blacks last Saturday won’t push Beale towards league, with his Waratahs and Australian Rugby Union (ARU) contract expiring at the end of this year.