It has been an incredibly difficult 12 months for Christian Leali’ifano. The 16 times capped Wallaby was diagnosed with leukaemia last August, soon after the Brumbies finished up their Super Rugby season.
The Brumbies captain underwent a bone-marrow transplant as part of his recovery and he revealed how difficult that time was during an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald back in February. He also revealed at the same time that his cancer was in remission but there was no certainty or guarantee if he would be healthy enough to return to professional rugby.
“Melbourne [bone-marrow transplant] was tough… I had some really dark days where things got tough and all those negative thoughts come into your mind, the ‘why me’ and ‘should I just give up’ type stuff, bu be able to come out the other side of that has been quite an amazing thing.”
As he continued his recovery, Leali’ifano has been involved in a coaching capacity with the Brumbies throughout this year’s Super Rugby season.
Super Rugby is currently taking a mid-season break but the Brumbies have an upcoming match against the Asia Pacific Dragons to keep their match sharpness as they look to secure their playoff place as the best Australian side. The Brumbies team has recently been announced and Leali’ifano has been named on the bench.
— Brumbies (@BrumbiesRugby) June 22, 2017
It’s an amazing feat for Leali’ifano to get back to playing rugby after such a difficult battle over the last year or so. We wish him all the best in his return to the rugby pitch.