Australia fly-half Christian Lealiifano joins Ulster for five months
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 21/08/17 11:07am
Ulster have signed Australia fly-half Christian Lealiifano on a five-month deal.
Lealiifano's deal with Ulster runs until January 22, following the conclusion of the Champions Cup pool stages, when he will return to the Brumbies ahead of the start of the Super Rugby season.
The 29-year-old was diagnosed with leukaemia 12 months ago but made a remarkable return to rugby less than a year later, playing for the Brumbies in June.
He said: "I'd like to thank the Brumbies for allowing me to do this stint abroad.
"I'm really excited to be joining up with Ulster Rugby and I'm looking forward to getting out there in front of the supporters at Kingspan Stadium. I can't wait to experience the rugby and the culture in Belfast."
Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss added: "This is a massive boost for us as we approach the start of the season.
"It was paramount that we signed an experienced player to give us another option at fly-half and this is a fantastic solution for us.
"Christian has the playing talent, the leadership ability and the personality to make a big impact here. He has overcome significant challenges in his career and that is testament to his bravery and strong character.
"He's a proven leader and we're excited by the influence that he'll have on our young fly-halves Peter Nelson, Brett Herron, Johnny McPhillips and Callum Smith. We also have two exciting players in our Academy, Michael Lowry and Angus Curtis, who will also have a fantastic opportunity to learn from Christian.
"From speaking to Christian, I know that he is very excited by the challenge and is looking forward to joining up with us soon."