Australian rugby
Waikato stint stops Speight facing Lions
May 2, 2013
Brumbies' winger Henry Speight crosses for a try, Brumbies v Southern Kings, Super Rugby, Canberra Stadium, Canberra, April 5, 2013
Henry Speight is the top try-scorer in Super Rugby this season. © Getty Images

Red-hot Brumbies winger Henry Speight says he can't afford to dwell on the thought he will miss a once-in-a-career chance to play for the Wallabies against the British & Irish Lions by just a few months.

It's a frustrating scenario for both Speight and the Australian Rugby Union, who will have to wait until the end of October for the International Rugby Board to allow the Fijian-born Australian resident to represent the Wallabies.

Wallabies great Stephen Larkham has no doubt Speight's form would warrant an Australian jumper but he will miss qualifying for the Lions tour in June and July by just four months.

Currently the leading try-scorer in Super Rugby, Speight's case has been set back as he played for Waikato in the New Zealand provincial championship.

"It's a little bit (frustrating) but it is something beyond my control. So to dwell on it would only cause more frustration," Speight said. "But it's been over two and a half years and if I have to wait a few more months it won't kill me. The thing I'm happy about is that the Brumbies are still playing the Lions so I can still say I've played them."

Speight took his 2013 try tally to seven on the weekend when he scored a double in the Brumbies' 41-19 thumping of the Western Force.


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