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Speight was told to snub All Blacks

Henry Speight stands next to grandfather, the late Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

Henry Speight stands next to grandfather, the late Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

When Henry Speight finally pulls on the Wallabies jersey in September, Australian rugby must extend much gratitude to his late grandfather Ratu Josefa Iloilo, the former Fijian president.

“He was one of the most influential people in my life, he made me the person I am today,” Speight says.

Had it not been for the advice given to Speight by Ratu Iloilo, the superstar winger would be playing in New Zealand and likely sporting an All Black top.

To know Speight is to understand his childhood.

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