Leali­ifano’s re­turn lifts team

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - IAIN PAYTEN, JIM TUCKER

IT is one of sport’s great feel­good sto­ries but Chris­tian Leali­ifano’s im­mi­nent come­back at Sun­corp Sta­dium is more than just in­spir­ing for Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham. It will make his team bet­ter. “You saw it in Sin­ga­pore,” Larkham said of the Wal­laby cen­tre who has won his fight with can­cer. “It was 14- all when he came on ( in a June friendly) and we put on 40 points in that last 30 min­utes.

“It was a real boost to the side that week and it will be the same if he gets a chance this week. It will in­crease the con­fi­dence of the other play­ers out there.”

Just 11 months after he was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia, Leali­ifano is set to make his re- turn to Su­per Rugby on the Brumbies bench to­mor­row night against the Reds.

Reds cap­tain Stephen Moore yes­ter­day called Leali­ifano’s re­turn “in­spir­ing”.

“For any­one go­ing through tough times or ill health, it shows if you want some­thing enough and work hard enough you can achieve it,” he said.

“And, of course, he’ll re­ally lift the Brumbies.”

Brumbies star Chris­tian Leali­ifano.

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