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SYDNEY, Australia -- Fiji-born winger Henry Speight was pick

SYDNEY, Australia -- Fiji-born winger Henry Speight was picked by Australia for the Rugby Championship next month even though hes available for only the last three of their six matches. Cheap NFL Jerseys . Speight wont be eligible to play for the Wallabies until Sept. 11, the end of his 36-month wait to play test rugby. The winger made his debut for the ACT Brumbies in 2011, but a short stint playing for Waikato in the New Zealand provincial championship delayed his eligibility for the Wallabies, who arent wasting any time to include him. The first match hes available for will be against Argentina on Sept. 13 on the Gold Coast. Luke Burgess was in the 32-man squad named on Wednesday in place of scrumhalf Will Genia, who may still be recalled in the series if he recovers from an ankle injury. Genias Queensland teammate, flyhalf Quade Cooper, was also omitted as he recuperates from hip and shoulder surgeries, while winger Joe Tomane replaces Nick Cummins, who has left to play in Japan. The squad, captained by Michael Hooper, includes 25 players who featured in the 3-0 sweep of France last month. "Weve come a long way as a group over the past 12 months and the consistency were now applying across selections, high-performance behaviours, and our playing style is a positive sign that we are heading in the right direction," coach Ewen McKenzie said. "The challenge for us now is to continue this consistency." There are 11 players each from New South Wales and ACT, who meet in the Super Rugby semifinals on Saturday in Sydney. The Rugby Championship, from Aug. 16 to Oct. 4, opens with the Wallabies hosting the All Blacks in Sydney. ------ Australia:: Forwards: Ben Alexander, Pek Cowan, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Scott Sio, Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Hanson, Nathan Charles, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, Scott Higginbotham, Michael Hooper (captain), Matt Hodgson, Wycliff Palu, Ben McCalman. Backs: Nic White, Nick Phipps, Luke Burgess, Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale, Matt Toomua, Christian Lealiifano, Tevita Kuridrani, Rob Horne, Joe Tomane, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Henry Speight, Pat McCabe, Israel Folau. Wholesale Jerseys . -- Jake Peavy arrived at Bostons spring training complex on Monday with a large white bandage covering his left index finger, the result of a weekend accident. NFL Jerseys Outlet . Hicham Khalouas late goal improved Almerias chances of avoiding relegation in a match dominated by contentious calls, including three penalties. One day after Barcelonas 4-3 win at Real Madrid featured three penalties, referees again dominated a wide-open game that saw Almeria ultimately move out of the relegation zone and one point ahead of Getafe which took its place. . The team said they will announce a corresponding roster move prior to their series opener on Tuesday night in Kansas City.Anyone and everyone associated with the Winnipeg Jets will be the first to say we have not won anything yet. And that is very true. But the Jets have created a buzz with their fan base, gotten the attention of hockey people, and with every win, the players become a more confident group. There is plenty of hockey to be played, and as much as making the playoffs may seem like the easy gauge on success, it runs far deeper than that. Individually, there have been many positives. But its the inner circle vibe that has created internal excitement. Coach Paul Maurice has talked about how the slow start to the season in the big picture was a positive. Back-to-back home losses dropped the record to 1-4, a split of the next two at MTS put them at 2-5, but it was that homestand where we started to see the change. Things were discussed in the room, the message from the coach was direct on how the team needed to play, and the road to playing the right way became less bumpy. The Jets went 14-5-5 over the next 24 games, including 8-2-4 on the road. The penalty killing was very good (taking too many penalties is an area of concern as they continue to be right at the top of the times shorthanded chart.) An adjustment was made and the struggling power play went on a 9-27 run (33.3 per cent). The team scored the games opening goal in eight straight games and 12 of 14. They scored 27 goals in eight games, Bryan Little scored the teams first hat-trick since the team relocated to Winnipeg, Dustin Byfuglien had a four-game goal streak, and despite being short-staffed, the team picked up points in eight straight, going 5-0-3. On the back end, Jacob Trouba was not only doing it defensively, but had nine points in nine games. Another positive has been winning the games the standings tell you that you are expected to win. And they have done it both at home and on the road. They did lose in a shootout in Colorado Thursday, giving up a 3-1 third period lead, but that may simply have been a case of playing five games in nine days with a depleted lineup. Byfuglien and Trouba were both just under 30 minutes of ice time in that game. Then there is the back-to-back 1-0 road wins in New York and Chicago. That leads us to solid goaltending. The tandem of Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson has been in the top five for goals-against throughout the season. Credit the goalies yes, but also the defensive system this group has embraced. Hutchinson is 6-0-2 since getting pulled in his first start of the year. And since that first game, has not allowed more than two goals in any of his starts. So lets start with scoring the games opening goal 20 times. Whats up with that, coach? Thats the players in the room. We talked about that at 2-5; routines of getting yourself ready to play, and that being your job, part of your preparation. So how the team gets ready to step on to the ice, their energy level, their lather, as we would say, that theyve gotten themselves into before the start. To be honest, I have no idea what they are doing in that room. And Im staying out of it. Its not a speech that I give an hour and a half before the game that gets them ready. Theyve got really good leadership in there, we talk about 20-man leadership as wwell, each player has a role to get himself prepared, but also to help get the team prepared, making sure the guys around him are up to that right level. China Jerseys. Were ready to play and have been for quite some time. Thats on our captains and alternate captains, but the entire room as well. You wont get much from the players, as what happens in the room, stays in the room has been the motto. But you do hear things like, we are a more vocal group, both on the ice and in the room, we are trying to hold each other accountable, play for each other, everyone has a voice in the room, be a hard team to play against and we are finding ways to win. All teams have games on their schedule that coaches red flag as games they worry about. Examples would be road games on consecutive nights against the Rangers and Blackhawks, a game in Ottawa after a very emotional home game against Pittsburgh, 6pm start in Nashville and a 4pm start the next day in Minnesota (got down 3-0 early in Minnesota, came back to get a point), and a home game against Edmonton after a road trip and a four-day break. They have managed these stretches very well. Our back end has been the strength of our team, that theory will be tested, was the comment from Maurice when the team lost Grant Clitsome, Toby Enstrom and Zach Bogosian to injury. Not many teams have the ability to move a forward back and have him lead your team in ice-time his first two games back on defence, but that was the case with Byfuglien. Or have call-up Ben Chairot average 20 minutes in his first five games. Its eased the injury situation for sure. Then Evander Kane gets suspended. He has 815 hits in 344 NHL games but his first suspension. So now dealing with a depleted forward group, rookie Adam Lowry records his first two-goal game in the win in Dallas. They have worked their way through being a quiet team, bench communication is much better, and with every day, the defence-first style becomes a bigger part of the team fabric. Individually, each of the reasons for success is small. But connect all the dots and put everything into one file and you have something. Now label the file IDENTITY. Slowly that is what is being created. A team that is described by visiting coaches as big, fast, physical, they never quit, don't give you much and a team that is tough to play against. After the win in Dallas, this from Lindy Ruff: There were areas they physically dominated us. On the never-quit topic, in their last 10 losses, one has been by three goals, one by two, two by one goal in regulation, with the rest in extra time. They do not get blown out. But there is no one going ahead and guaranteeing that the road will continue to be a smooth one. Its the NHL. Other teams have good players. The Jets play in a tough conference and even a tougher division. Despite the success they have had, one look at the standings tells you the foot cannot come off the pedal. But keep in mind, the standings are simply a by-product of how you play the game. And that is what is most important. There is not a lot of room for error. 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