Brumbies coach Dan McKellar believes Christian Lealiifano should be recalled to wear the No 10 Wallabies jersey at the World Cup later this year.
The 31-year-old has been in a sensational form in this Super Rugby season and helped guide the Brumbies to the top of the Australian conference. Rugby fans are waiting for thrilling performances in RWC. Now you can book online tickets for Rugby World Cup to support your favourite players.
Lealiifano played 19 tests before being diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and was invited in last week to his first Wallabies camp since he conquered the disease.
McKellar believes Lealiifano deserves a reminder from the Wallabies after orchestrating the 22-10 win.
“He’s been outstanding, just consistently good every week and off the back of his defence, his leadership, and direction,” McKellar said.
There was a key point in the game over there with 10 or 15 minutes to go. There remained only boys connected. We work a lot on that. We just delivered a key message. His leadership has been exceptional.
Lealiifano was one of the last players to qualify for the 2015 World Cup and is determined to finish his comeback with a gold jersey.
He was one of the four playmakers invited to the Wallabies camp last week and will compete for a World Cup spot against NSW’s Bernard Foley and Melbourne duos Matt Toomua and Quade Cooper.
Wallaby, seven tries, Pete Samu was a surprise omission from the Australian side, but McKellar thinks it will be the last one he misses after a strong performance against the Bulls.
“Pete is a pretty aggressive guy and was definitely disappointed, but if he continues to play well for the Brumbies and we go far in the competition, the selection will be settled on its own,” said McKellar.
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