Christian Lealiifano could join Brumbies coaching staff if illness stops playing career

  • Christian Lealiifano could join the ACT Brumbies coaching staff next year
  • The 28-year-old was released from a Canberra hospital last week
  • Reports say he may need a bone-marrow transplant to continue his treatment for leukaemia
Wallaby Christian Lealiifano could join the Brumbies coaching staff next year if illness puts his playing career on hold, the club has said.

The 28-year-old was released from a Canberra hospital last week, with reports saying he may have a bone-marrow transplant to continue his treatment for leukaemia.

It is unclear whether he will be able to play next year, but if he can’t take the field the Brumbies said they would offer him a position on their staff as a potential backline mentor.

“If Christian can’t play we’d certainly love him to do a bit of the coaching stuff and potentially with the back line,” Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham commented.



“He’s got some long-term plans to go into coaching so we may dabble with that. But we have to wait and see what happens and how he recovers.”

The 28-year-old has finished an initial round of chemotherapy and was allowed to spend time at home with his family and friends in the past week.

He has played 19 Tests for Australia and 117 Super Rugby games for the Brumbies.


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