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Arin Kumar
Friday, January 10, 2014

ANOTHER overseas-based player has put his hand up for selection for the Pacific Rugby Cup and the Pacific Nations Cup.

England-based Sam Speight who has one cap to his name is willing to represent the nation once again.

The 28-year-old is in the country recovering from a dislocated shoulder — an injury he sustained in his one and only appearance for the Flying Fijians in their Test match against the Barbarians on November 30 last year.

With maternal links to Tailevu and paternal links to Viseisei, Speight plays for the Bristol rugby club in the Championship division of England.

During their Europe Tour late last year, Flying Fijians team manager Joe Brown emailed Speight asking him if he was interested in joining camp.

After consulting his club, he agreed and made the starting line-up of the match against Barbarians which was held at the Twickenham Stadium.

"It was an overwhelming moment for me," Speight said.

"It was dream come true and it only sunk in when I was singing the National Anthem.

"It's every Fijian kids dream to play for their country and there was a time when I thought I might not be able to but I was so happy when I got the opportunity that now I want to continue to play for Fiji."

The British Army soldier is the older brother of ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight and said they always played on opposite ends of the field.

"We have never played together. Always against each other so if the opportunity arises one day, I would love to play on the same team as him.

"But since he is trying to becoming a Wallaby, maybe we might meet again on opposite ends."

Speight has admitted it would be difficult to make it back into the Flying Fijian frame after injury.

"Fiji is a country that is known for wingers and I am a winger and I am trying to make a comeback from injury to get back to that stage.

"But it's not impossible; I know I can do it. The rehab work is pretty good and hard and I am recovering well.

"Been playing touch rugby to get back into playing mode and I think I should be okay by the time I go back to England at the end of this month."

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