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Lealiifano could join Brumbies Super Rugby coaching staff

Christian Lealiifano will warm up for Super Rugby with Ulster

Brumbies playmaker Christian Lealiifano could join the Canberra Super Rugby franchise’s coaching team if he is prevented from playing in 2017.

Lealiffano was diagnosed with leukaemia after the Super Rugby season and last week was released from hospital in Canberra last week.

The twenty-eight-year-old Lealiifano may be forced to have a bone-marrow transplant to continue his treatment according to some reports.

It is not yet clear whether Lealiffano will be able to play Super Rugby for the Brumbies next season but the Canberra side say that if he can’t they will employ him as as a potential back-line mentor

“If Christian can’t play we’d certainly love him to do a bit of the coaching stuff and potentially with the back line,” Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham told the Canberra Times.

“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 who recently signed on to coach the Brumbies in 2017 said that he had visited Lealiifano regularly since he was diagnosed with the cancer that affects the blood and bone-marrow

According to the reports Lealiifano has been permitted to spend time at home with his family and friends after finishing an initial round of chemotherapy.

The next stage for the back liner could include a bone-marrow transplant and a suitable donor has already been identified.