Wallabies shave their head as a mark of respect for teammate Christian Lealiifano

A number of the Wallabies including superstar David Pocock have shaved their hair ahead of The Rugby Championship as a mark of respect for teammate Christian Lealiifano.

Lealiifano, who has played 19 Tests for Australia and 117 Super Rugby games for the Brumbies, was diagnosed with the cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow following a brief illness.

The Brumbies released a statement after first contacting all their players, coaches and staff about the diagnosis of the 28-year-old inside back.

“At the moment it’s just a matter of ensuring Christian receives the best care and support he can at this time,” Brumbies interim chief executive Phil Thomson said.

The Wallabies play the All Blacks in Sydney, on Saturday evening.


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