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“Whether I Was Going To Make It Through It Or Not, I Wanted To Make Sure I Was Positive…”

Christian Lealiifano will make his final appearance for Ulster this weekend when the northern province take on Wasps at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon. 

The Wallaby has already said his farewells to the Ulster faithful in his final home appearance at the Kingspan Stadium when his side defeated La Rochelle last Saturday.

The 30-year-old will return to Australia next week when he begins pre-season training with the Brumbies.

Of course, Lealiifano has been on a remarkable and often difficult journey. He was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2016 and underwent chemotherapy almost immediately and also a bone-marrow transplant from his sister.

He made his comback for the Brumbies in their Super Rugby quarter-final defeat at home to the Hurricanes in 2017 and continued this as he played a crucial role for Ulster in the first half of their 2017/2018 season.

On the eve of his final appearance for Ulster, the club have released an in-depth and often emotional video where Lealiifano delves into his upbringing and journey to this date. From uprooting to Melbourne from Auckland, losing his father at a crucial time in his life and being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, the Australian star leaves no stone unturned and it’s truly gripping viewing.

Take a look below.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter