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Lealiifano back for Brumbies but not as kicker

Christian Lealiifano says he does not want the kicking duties back yet

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Article Published: Tuesday 25 March 2014|

Wallabies and Brumbies first choice kicker Christian Lealiifano says that he wants Nic White to retain the kicking duties when he returns to Super Rugby against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

Lealiifano says that he does not want to take any chances with his right ankle until it is completely rehabilitated following a second round of surgery in as many years.

"I probably wouldn't mind Whitey to keep going," Lealiifano told AAP.

"Not only just to give my ankle a bit of a break ... but just trying to get rhythm again."

Brumbies half-back White is not as accurate in his kicking as Lealiffano is.

In 2013 Lealiifano kicked 88 per cent of his penalty-goal attempts in Super Rugby and he outkicked Bulls maestro Morne Steyn in their semi-final in Pretoria.

At this stage it is still unclear where Lealiifano will start the match but the most likely position is at 12 where he can rekindle their playmaking partnership with flyhalf Matt Toomua.

"He looks fitter than he has for a while," Toomua said.

"He didn't complain too much last year, but he was labouring on that ankle a lot."

Toomua also joked about his rivalry with Lealiffano as the pair both featured for the Brumbies and the Wallabies at 10 and 12 last year.

"As long as he's coming back as a 12, I'm very excited," Toomua said.

"It's good to see him running freely, and it will be good to be playing next to him and not behind him."

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