Lealiifano returns under 12 months on from cancer diagnosis

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Christian Lealiifano has returned to the rugby pitch for the Brumbies less than a year after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Fly-half Lealiifano was diagnosed with cancer last August but went into remission in February.

The 29-year-old, who has won 19 caps for Australia, started on the bench for the Brumbies in their match with Asia Pacific Dragons in Singapore on Thursday.

But he was brought on in the 49th minute and subsequently kicked five conversions as the Brumbies ran out easy 61-14 winners.