Brumbies consider appealing Speight’s ban

The Brumbies are considering whether to appeal the severity of Henry Speight’s five-week suspension, in the hope it will help his chances of playing for the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup.

The Fijian flyer was banned on Wednesday after being found guilty of a dangerous lifting tackle on Stormers captain Juan de Jongh in last weekend’s Super Rugby qualifying final win in Cape Town.

The penalty means he will miss Saturday’s semi-final against the Hurricanes in Wellington and the final if they win.

He’ll also miss the first two Tests of the Rugby Championship against South Africa and Argentina.

But chief executive Michael Jones on Thursday was meeting lawyer Peter McGrath to see if the club had grounds to get the ban reduced.

While it’s understood the Brumbies are resigned to not having Speight for the remainder of their finals campaign, they want to try to get him in a Wallabies jumper as soon as possible.

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