Wallaby Lealiifano to play in Japan
Sydney - Brumbies flyhalf Christian Lealiifano will play in
this year's Japanese Top League Season for Toyota Shokki after signing a deal
with the club this week, the Brumbies said on Friday.
Lealiifano, who has played 19 Tests for the Wallabies and
has scored over 800 points with the Brumbies, had a spell with Ulster Rugby in
the PRO14 last season and was due to play in the Japanese League until he was
diagnosed with leukaemia in 2016.
"I am really looking forward to the unique experience
of playing in Japan," Lealiifano said.
"This is something that I have wanted to do for some
time and had to postpone due to my illness.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to play in a different
environment and a different culture and it's something that appeals to
The fly-half, 30, who had a successful bone marrow
transplant for his leukaemia treatment, has played this Super Rugby season with
the Brumbies in a leadership role.
Lealiifano will move to Japan after the Super Rugby season
and play with Toyota Shokki until the end of their season.
"The Brumbies are supportive of Christian playing in
Japan," Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson said.
"Christian's form has continued to improve as the
season has progressed and we appreciate that he is keen to experience another
culture and the Japanese Top League timing affords him that opportunity this
year. We wish him luck with his endeavours."