Leukaemia-hit Wallaby offered coaching role

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:28
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NEWS: Stricken Wallaby Christian Lealiifano could join the Brumbies coaching staff next year if illness puts his playing career on hold, the team has said.

Lealiifano, 28, 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 backline," Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham told the Canberra Times newspaper over the weekend.

"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.

"I think it would be great to have him around the team in some sort of capacity. But that will depend on how Christian feels more than anything else."

Larkham said he had regularly visited Lealiifano since he was diagnosed with the cancer that affects the blood and bone-marrow.

Reports said Lealiifano had finished an initial round of chemotherapy and was allowed to spend time at home with his family and friends in the past week.

The next stage of treatment could include a bone-marrow transplant and a suitable donor has been identified, the Canberra Times reported.

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

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