Brumbies’ Lealiifano “ready to go”

By David Barbeler, David Barbeler is a Roar Guru

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    Brumbies playmaker Christian Lealiifano has fully recovered from his 2012 season-ending ankle injury, stating that if there was a game next week he’d be “ready to go”.

    Lealiifano missed the back end of the Super Rugby season after breaking his ankle in the Brumbies’ round 11 win over the NSW Waratahs in May.

    It was a cruel blow for the 25-year-old, who not only suffered the injury with his team well up after the final siren, but had catapulted himself into the box seat for a maiden Wallabies Test call-up.

    Unable to recover in time for the Wallabies’ European tour in November, Lealiifano told AAP on Wednesday he’d returned to full training within the last month and would be ready for the Brumbies’ trial matches in the new year.

    “Everything is coming along really well, I’m running and kicking and tackling again,” he said.

    “I had a shoulder reconstruction while I had the ankle injury as well, but everything has progressed really well and on track for the trials and then round one.

    “If there was a trial next week I’d be ready to go.”

    Yet despite missing a golden opportunity to bolt down the No.10 Wallabies jersey, Lealiifano said he had used the talk surrounding his near-Australia debut to help him get back out on the field bigger and better.

    “You never really expect to be thrusted in (to Wallabies contention), your No.1 priority is playing well week-in and week-out for the Brumbies,” he said.

    “To sort of know that your name’s been thrown around amongst the mix of other guys playing there is always a little bit frustrating to hear, but it sort of has been a motivating factor in driving myself to get back to where I was, and even better.

    “So it’s frustrating but then you turn it around and make it into a positive, motivational kind of thing.”

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • December 20th 2012 @ 7:28am
      mania said | December 20th 2012 @ 7:28am | ! Report

      welcome back Lealiifano. wb’s desperately need u to perform

    • December 20th 2012 @ 12:12pm
      Chui said | December 20th 2012 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

      Best of luck for the season.

      He was playing really well up until the injury.

      As importantly, he seems as though he would satisfy a “no dickheads” policy.

      Hopefully some good form will put some pressure on the three amigos from the entitlement generation.

    • December 20th 2012 @ 6:26pm
      RebelRanger said | December 20th 2012 @ 6:26pm | ! Report

      Saw him 2 weeks ago in Brisbane and although his has a slim frame it definitely looked like he’s been working hard in the gym. Best of luck to CL. Wish we had him back home for the Rebels.

    • December 20th 2012 @ 11:43pm
      Hightackle said | December 20th 2012 @ 11:43pm | ! Report

      I kinda hope he doesnt play well becuz if he does and makes the Wallies at #10, all we will hear about next year is how Cooper is being discriminated against by NSW and Deans.

    • December 21st 2012 @ 9:12am
      jameswm said | December 21st 2012 @ 9:12am | ! Report

      A cruel injury after the siren, when CL was clearly our best inside back.

      I hope he hits that form again and pushes for the Wallabies 10/12 slots. He can take the line on, create, kick, goal kick, tackle. Very good player if he gets back to his best.

    • December 21st 2012 @ 12:11pm
      fernando marzano said | December 21st 2012 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

      This player will be a great contribution to the brumbies and Wallabies.
      Good luck Christian

      Fernando – Córdoba – Argentina

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