Christian Leali'ifano (born 24 September 1987), is an Australian rugby player. He is of Samoan heritage, and his surname is spelled Leali'ifano when using Samoan diacritics. He currently plays for the Brumbies in Super Rugby and Toyota Jido Shokki in the Japanese Top League and his usual position is inside centre or fly-half. In August 2016, two weeks after the Brumbies were knocked out of the Super Rugby finals, Leali'ifano was diagnosed with leukaemia. He has resumed playing after receiving a bone marrow transplant, and in 2017 signed for Ulster, who play in the Guinness Pro14, on loan.
|Birth name||Christian Leali'ifano|
|Date of birth||24 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (14.5 st; 203 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Leali'ifano was born in Auckland and moved with his family to Melbourne when he was seven years old. He attended Epping Primary School and Peter Lalor Secondary College. He played rugby union for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2004 and 2005.
Leali'ifano joined the Brumbies rugby academy program in 2006. Later that year he was selected for the Australian Under 19 and Under 21 rugby teams. He played fly-half for the Australian Under 19 rugby team that won the IRB World Championship in 2006.
Leali'ifano made his Super Rugby debut in 2008 against the Crusaders in Christchurch. He played fly-half in 2008 and 2009, before shifting to inside centre when Matt Giteau returned to the Brumbies in 2010. Leali'ifano 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, and he played fourteen matches for the Brumbies in 2011.
In 2012, Leali'ifano was named Man of the Match by Super Rugby officials for eight out of the ten Super Rugby games he played. 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.
Super Rugby statisticsEdit
- As of 22 July 2016
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- "Lealiifano re-signs with ACT Brumbies" (Press release). Titan Management. 5 September 2007.
- ARU (22 May 2006). "Australian U21s selected for 2006 IRB World Championships" (Press release). Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 4 April 2013.
- Brumbies Media Unit (20 March 2012). "Lealiifano ready to take on the Highlanders" (Press release). Brumbies. Archived from the original on 4 April 2013.
- "Pro14: Ulster sign Australia fly-half Christian Lealiifano on five-month deal". BBC Sport. 21 August 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
- "Wallabies Lealiifano, Barnes injured in first half". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Player Statistics". its rugby. Retrieved 26 July 2016.