Henry Speight in action the last time he played for the Wallabies, which was during the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Uruguay.
Henry Speight in action the last time he played for the Wallabies, which was during the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Uruguay. Rui Vieira

Wallabies roommates locked in battle for the bench

RUGBY UNION: They are sharing a room, but Fijian-born wingers Henry Speight and Sefa Naivalu could be fighting for the same spot on the bench against South Africa in Pretoria on Sunday morning (AEST).

Speight had a year with Australia's Sevens team but ultimately missed out on the Olympics with a medial ligament strain.

He hasn't played a Test for the Wallabies since the World Cup pool game against Uruguay last year but the 28-year-old said he was back to full fitness and looking forward to the clash with the Springboks.

"Coming back, the body's in good nick. The transition hasn't been too hard, which is pretty good,” Speight told reporters.

"I'm happy to be back in the fold in the Wallabies camp and hopefully I can get a run with my roomie.”

Naivalu, 24, had to wait three years to fulfil residency requirements but finally was given the all clear to represent Australia on Monday.

His decision to follow his dream and play for the Wallabies meant he missed out on Olympic gold for Fiji but said he was happy with his decision.

"Playing for Australia was part of my dream,” Naivalu said.

"If I get that opportunity, I'll take it. I won't hesitate or question it or never regret anything.

"I'll give everything I can give for Australia.”

The Wallabies have lost all six matches they have played at Loftus Versfeld - one of them a 61-22 defeat in 1997, the most points they've ever conceded in a match, and their second-biggest loss to South Africa.

Speight, however, has came away from the venue victorious in the past.

Along with skipper Stephen Moore, Scott Sio, Tevita Kuridrani and Scott Fardy, he was part of the Brumbies outfit that beat the Bulls 26-23 there in the 2013 Super Rugby semi-finals.



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