Will Brumbies 'risk' Lealiifano against Hurricanes?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:09
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IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham was keeping his cards close to his chest about the possible comeback of Christian Lealiifano.

Lealiifano, who has been sidelined for almost a year with leukaemia, may well feature in the Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Hurricanes this coming Friday.

Lealiifano was short-listed to feature against the Reds two weeks ago, but pulled up with a hamstring injury and was held back.

Larkham said they will reveal on Tuesday if the playmaker has recovered enough to feature in the quarterfinal showdown with the competition's defending champions.

"We'll make that assessment today [Monday], we'll see how he trains and we'll announce the team tomorrow [Tuesday].

"The way he's trained with the team over the last three months, gives me fair indication that he's ready to play."

The Brumbies should welcome back a swathe of starters for Friday's clash, including Rory Arnold and Chris Alcock, who both had injury concerns last week.

Larkham has already begun talking up the side's quarterfinal opponents, the Hurricanes, though few would dispute their quality after they ended the Crusaders' unbeaten run on the weekend.

Source: rugby.com.au

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