Rugby community rallies behind Christian Leali'ifano after leukaemia diagnosis 6 years ago

Rugby community rallies behind Christian Leali'ifano after leukaemia diagnosis

This is horrible news.

Christian Leali'ifano has been diagnosed with leukaemia after a brief illness.

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The New Zealand-born Wallabies international is just 28 years of age and had played 19 test games for Australia since making his debut in 2013 where he shone against the Lions in that series, despite his first game lasting less than a minute.

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Brumbies interim chief executive Phil Thomson sent the clubs thoughts and prayers to an "amazing young man".

"At the moment it's just a matter of ensuring Christian receives the best care and support he can at this time," he said.

"He is one of the most respected players within this group and this news has come as a huge shock to all of our players, coaches and staff.

"Everyone knows that Christian is an amazing young man, an important member of this team and of the Canberra community.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Christian and his family at this time."

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Some of his Australian team mates and friends heard the news from Rio ahead of the Olympics Rugby Sevens.

The entire community though wasted no time in joining the Brumbies in solidarity to rally behind a fantastic servant of the game.

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A fine rugby player, a fine man, a family man whose son son Jeremih was only born in June.

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Kia Kaha. Be strong.

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