Henry Speight set to make Australia debut against Ireland

Australia head coach Michael Cheika hands Henry Speight his debut

Waikato winger Henry Speight will make his international debut when he lines up for Australia against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

The 26-year-old will be the third player to make their Wallabies bow on this tour, with Sean McMahon and Tetera Faulkener also having made a maiden call up in recent weeks.

The Fijian born wide-man cuts a formidable figure at over six feet tall and well over 15 stone and will be looking to make an impact against an Ireland side that downed the Springboks two weeks ago.

Lock Sam Carter, back-row forward Luke Jones and centre Matt Toomua are the other changes in a Wallabies XV that boasts nearly 500 international caps between them.

“Henry has done all the right things to earn his selection, has had an outstanding Super Rugby season and deserves his opportunity to play for Australia,” said Australia coach Michael Cheika.

“He is very passionate about representing Australia and we’re all looking forward to seeing him bring his best attributes to our game.

“The other changes have been made to give the other players who have been knocking on the door an opportunity to start a Test match on this tour.

“All our changes will bring a new energy into the team and I know everyone is looking forward to the opportunities our match against Ireland will bring.”

Australia conclude their five-match autumn Tour at Twickenham next weekend when they face England.

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