Christian Lealiifano
Position Fly Half
Date of birth 24 September 1987
Height 179cm
Weight 95kg
Debut 2013 v British and Irish Lions, Brisbane
Caps 19

Biography

Born in Auckland and of Samoan heritage, Christian Lealiifano was six years old when his family moved to Melbourne. He began playing rugby at 10, going on to become one of a small group of Victorian players to be selected for the Australian Schools side, before joining the Brumbies Academy. Just prior to the 20016 U19s World Cup he lost his father to liver cancer. Unsure of whether to stay at home or head to the UAE with the team Lealiifano was convinced by his mum and one of his brothers that his dad would want him to go. The Australians won the tournament and Lealiifano starred in the final, a 17-13 win over New Zealand. Upon his return he was promoted to the Brumbies senior squad and onto a rookie contract for 2007. Three years later, and after having ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament early in the Super Rugby season, Lealiifano gained invaluable experience alongside future Brumby Henry Speight when he represented eventual grand finalists Waikato in the 2010 ITM Cup. A broken ankle put paid to his prospects for the 2012 representative season. His Wallabies debut came in 2013, against the British and Irish Lions. In 2016 Australian rugby was rocked by news that Lealiifano had been diagnosed with leukaemia. Ten months later, he came off the bench for the Brumbies in a mid-season friendly against the Asia Pacific Dragons, before returning to Super Rugby in that year's finals.

HIGHLIGHTS

2006

Selected in the Australian squad which won the third annual IRB U19 Junior World Championship title in the United Arab Emirates. Selected in the Australian squad for the fifth-annual IRB under-21 Rugby World Championships in France.

2006/07

Represented Australia in the IRB Sevens World Series.

2013

Won his first Test cap when selected at inside centre for the 1st Test, 21-23 loss to the British & Irish Lions in Brisbane. Unfortunately that debut lasted just 43 seconds after he was knocked cold when tackling rival Jonathan Davies. Over the course of the season Lealiifano played a total of 13 Tests, 11 of which came in the run-on XV.

2014

Lealiifano returned from ankle surgery to find his spot in the Wallaby backline was filled by fellow Brumby Matt To’omua. He returned to the team for the final Bledisloe Cup Test and picked up a further two caps against Wales and France on the end-of-season Spring Tour.

2016

Lealiifano earned three Test caps off the bench in the June home series against England.

Rugby World Cup 2020 season

Points 23
Carries 24
Metres 35
Conversions 7
Kicks In Play 5
Successful Tackles 20
Missed Tackles 7