Christian Lealiifano

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Christian Leali'ifano
Christian Lealiifano July 2013.jpg
Full name Christian Leali'ifano
Date of birth (1987-09-24) 24 September 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight 95 kilograms (14 st 13 lb)
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Centre/Fly-half
Current team Brumbies
Playing career
Position Centre/Fly-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007
2014−15
2016−
Canberra Vikings
Canberra Vikings
Suntory Sungoliath
6
10
(10)
(90)
correct as of 3 November 2015.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010 Waikato 11 (5)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007– Brumbies 117 (803)
correct as of 22 July 2016.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2013- Australia 19 (124)
correct as of 25 June 2016.

Christian Lealiifano (born 24 September 1987), is a New Zealand-born Australian rugby union player of Samoan heritage. His surname is spelled Leali'ifano when using Samoan diacritics. He currently plays for the Brumbies in Super Rugby and his usual position is inside centre or fly-half.[1] In August 2016, two weeks after the Brumbies were knocked out of the Super Rugby finals, Lealiifano was diagnosed with leukaemia. He is currently undergoing treatment for the disease.

Early life[edit]

Lealiifano was born in Auckland and moved with his family to Melbourne when he was seven years old.[2] He attended Peter Lalor Secondary College and played rugby union for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2004 and 2005.[3]

Lealiifano joined the Brumbies rugby academy program in 2006.[3] Later that year he was selected for the Australian Under 19 and Under 21 rugby teams.[4][5] He played fly-half for the Australian Under 19 rugby team that won the IRB World Championship in 2006.[3]

Rugby union career[edit]

Lealiifano in 2013

In 2007, Lealiifano signed with the Brumbies on a rookie contract. He played for the Australian Sevens rugby team, and for the Canberra Vikings in the Australian Rugby Championship in 2007.[4][6]

Lealiifano made his Super Rugby debut in 2008 against the Crusaders in Christchurch.[1] He played fly-half in 2008 and 2009, before shifting to inside centre when Matt Giteau returned to the Brumbies in 2010.[2] Lealiifano played six Super 14 games for the Brumbies in 2010 before being sidelined with a knee injury (rupture to his posterior cruciate). He recovered by July to play in the ITM Cup for Waikato in 2010,[1] and he played fourteen matches for the Brumbies in 2011.

In 2012, Lealiifano was named Man of the Match by Super Rugby officials for eight out of the ten Super Rugby games he played.[1] Unfortunately, he suffered a broken ankle in his tenth game which ended his season and any chance of being selected for the Wallabies in 2012.[1]

Lealiifano's Test debut for the Wallabies lasted less than one minute. On 22 June 2013, he was knocked out attempting to tackle the British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies in Brisbane.[7]

Super Rugby Statistics[edit]

As of 22 July 2016[8]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2008 Brumbies 13 13 0 1040 2 0 0 0 10 1 0
2009 Brumbies 9 9 0 712 4 0 0 2 26 0 0
2010 Brumbies 6 6 0 466 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2011 Brumbies 14 12 2 937 2 0 1 0 13 1 0
2012 Brumbies 10 10 0 788 0 17 25 0 109 0 0
2013 Brumbies 18 18 0 1393 4 22 58 0 238 0 0
2014 Brumbies 13 10 3 904 0 12 15 0 69 0 0
2015 Brumbies 18 18 0 1419 4 33 28 0 170 0 0
2016 Brumbies 16 16 0 1267 3 41 22 0 163 0 0
Total 117 112 5 8926 20 125 149 2 803 2 0

Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Brumbies Profile: Christian Lealiifano". Brumbies. 20 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Harris, Bret (17 February 2012). "Christian Lealiifano will take some time before signing a new contract". The Australian. 
  3. ^ a b c Ceddia, Adrian (2 May 2006). "Union world at Christian's feet". Whittlesea-Mernda-Doreen Star. Star News. 
  4. ^ a b "Lealiifano re-signs with ACT Brumbies" (Press release). Titan Management. 5 September 2007. 
  5. ^ ARU (22 May 2006). "Australian U21s selected for 2006 IRB World Championships" (Press release). ARU. 
  6. ^ Brumbies Media Unit (20 March 2012). "Lealiifano ready to take on the Highlanders" (Press release). Brumbies. 
  7. ^ "Wallabies Lealiifano, Barnes injured in first half". Special Broadcasting Service. Australia. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Player Statistics". its rugby. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 

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