Christian Lealiifano: Australia Test back diagnosed with leukaemia

Christian Leali'ifano in action for Brumbies
Lealiifano, in action for Brumbies in July, has played 117 games in Super Rugby

Australian international Christian Lealiifano has been diagnosed with leukaemia after a brief illness.

The 28-year-old ACT Brumbies back has 19 caps and played in all three Tests against England this summer.

Australian Rugby Union chief Bill Pulver said: "Anyone who has ever had any involvement with Christian knows he is an outstanding young man.

"The ARU will do whatever it can to support Christian and his family throughout his treatment."

Dan Carter tweet
New Zealand international Dan Carter tweeted Lealiifano after the news of his illness was announced

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