Brumbies captain and most cancers survivor Christian Lealiifano has wound again the clock together with his greatest Tremendous Rugby efficiency since coming into remission.
The 31-year-old playmaker starred within the Brumbies’ beautiful 54-17 demolition of the Chiefs on Saturday evening the place they produced their highest-scoring first half since 2004.
In a recreation the place the Brumbies had winners throughout the bottom, Lealiifano was comfortably their standout participant.
The show ought to make Wallabies coach Michael Cheika sit up and take discover regardless of Lealiifano having been off the nationwide crew radar for 3 years.
Earlier than he was recognized with leukaemia in 2016, the flyhalf was within the Wallabies squad for Assessments towards England.
He mentioned earlier this yr a World Cup berth was at the back of his thoughts and he was not prepared to shut the door on his worldwide profession.
After battling most cancers, Lealiifano sat out the 2017 common season however courageously returned for the Brumbies’ quarter-final conflict.
He was rested from two video games final yr in his full season again from sickness, however nonetheless proved to be an asset for the Brumbies.
Following the tip of the 2018 Tremendous Rugby season, Lealiifano then headed to play within the Japanese Prime League with the Toyota Industries Shuttles.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar mentioned Lealiifano had labored laborious to return to an elite stage.
“I don’t need to embarrass him, however he’s in good condition,” McKellar mentioned.
“He got here again from Japan match and sharp and his operating recreation was excellent tonight and that’s all the time been his energy.”
A modest Lealiifano performed down his affect on the sport.
“You’re rather a lot faster once you’re on the entrance foot so the platform the forwards set was good,” Lealiifano mentioned.