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After what I've been through, I'm just so grateful to be here


By Jonathan Bradley

After a near year-long battle with leukemia, new Ulster signing Christian Leali'ifano has admitted there were times when he feared he'd never play again.

The 19 times capped Australian arrived in Belfast this week and is already itching for his first action after being handed the chance of a European move that last August he thought may have been lost forever.

"Just to get back to be a father and a dad to my little boy, that was number one priority for me," he said in his new home ground yesterday.

"To think that you probably couldn't play rugby again through that time was definitely hard.

"To come through the other side is truly rewarding.

"I'm really grateful and humbled that a team still values what I can produce and what I can do," he added.

Ulster play a friendly against Northampton tonight but Leali'ifano will likely make his debut against Cheetahs next week.

FULL STORY: Be positive, whatever life throws at you, urges new Ulster signing Leali'ifano

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