The Queensland Rugby Union has agreed to release Wallabies winger Henry Speight to French membership Biarritz Olympique on a three-year deal.
Signed by means of 2021 with Queensland, the 32-year-old veteran of 19 Tests for Australia solely joined the Queensland Reds this season after 9 seasons with the Brumbies.
He had began in all seven video games this 12 months, scoring three tries earlier than the season was interrupted by the coronavirus shutdown.
Speight would be the fourth participant to exit the Reds in the course of the shutdown, after Wallabies lock Izack Rodda and younger weapons Harry Hockings and Isaac Lucas.
While the departure of that trio was acrimonious, the QRU was at pains to stress the “respectful” nature of their negotiations with Speight and Biarritz.
The Reds are due to usher in one other Fijian winger in 24-year-old NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu subsequent season, having signed him late final 12 months on a two-year deal.
Speight was grateful to be allowed to safe his future with a prolonged deal in Europe.
“My family and I are unbelievably grateful that, from the board down, our request was dealt with respect and that the organisation was ultimately sympathetic to the opportunity that lies in front of us,” he stated.
Red coach Brad Thorn praised Speight’s contribution.
“Henry has been nice for our program. He is a real gentleman and a household man who introduced loads of expertise and data.
“He was effectively revered and a variety of the blokes right here looked-up to him for recommendation each on-and-off the sphere.
“We’ll miss Henry, however we’re glad to ship him alongside his approach. He’s contributed a lot for Australian Rugby for greater than a decade. We want him and his household all the most effective for his or her subsequent chapter in France.
“When one door closes, one other one opens. It’s superior now we have one other high quality participant in Suliasi Vunivalu set to be part of our program.
“It’ll be exciting to see him battle fellow Fijian Filipo Daugunu and others within our squad for those wing spots next year.”