Christian Leaflifano signs short-term deal with Irish province

Lealiifano’s contract will run until 22nd January 2018, following the conclusion of the Champions Cup pool stages. He will then return to the Brumbies for the start of the Super Rugby season.



The Auckland-born star made his debut for the Canberra-based franchise back in 2008 and earned his first international cap in the 2013 Test series against the British and Irish Lions. He has played 19 times for the Wallabies, with his last appearance coming against England in June last year.

The 29-year-old was diagnosed with leukaemia 12 months ago and he has since undertaken the necessary treatment. He made a remarkable return to action for the Brumbies in June, having been named as co-captain by Head Coach Stephen Larkham – an indication of how highly regarded he is.



Ahead of his arrival, Lealiifano said: “I’d like to thank the Brumbies for allowing me to do this stint abroad.

“I’m really excited to be joining up with Ulster Rugby and I’m looking forward to getting out there in front of the supporters at Kingspan Stadium.

“I can’t wait to experience the rugby and the culture in Belfast.”

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