Wallabies back Christian Lealiifano has won the Brumbies’ top prize at an emotional club function as he continues his battle against leukaemia.
Lealiifano’s diagnosis was announced by the Super Rugby team a month ago, prompting an outpouring of global support for the 28-year-old playmaker.
Co-captain Lealiifano was released from hospital this week after a first round of chemotherapy before being named the Brett Robinson Players’ Player of the Year and also Best Brumbies Back.
A possible bone marrow transplant looms for the 19-cap international, who can play fly half and inside centre.
“Christian had an outstanding season and claiming these awards is a great reflection of the effort he put in for the club all year,” Brumbies interim chief executive Phil Thomson said.
“On the field he was an outstanding leader and that was a reflection of his efforts off the field both at training and in the community.
“Being voted as players’ player is the highest honour you can receive and there were a number of players in the running for this award this year, so it just shows you how highly regarded Christian’s performances were for the side.
“It’s obviously quite an emotional period for Christian and his family right now and he is honoured and humbled to receive these awards at this time.”
Lealiifano’s diagnosis rocked his Brumbies and Wallabies team-mates, a number of whom shaved their heads in a show of support.