Australian rugby has been rocked by the news that Brumbies utility Julian Huxley has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, discovered during a scan after he was injured in a Super 14 game last weekend.
The 28-year-old was injured while making a tackle on the weekend, then started convulsing on the field. He was taken from the field on a stretcher and cleared of any spinal injuries, but MRI tests that were carried out have confirmed that he has a brain tumour.
Fox Sports’s Phil Lynch was present as the Brumbies made an official announcement.
He does have a brain tumour but it has been decided it is benign. It is at the top of his brain and will need surgery. He’s been referred to a neurosurgeon for further investigation and management but the doctors have determined he needs surgery sooner rather than later, which means that Julian Huxley’s immediate football career is very much in doubt.
Julian Huxley addressed his teammates at a team meeting this morning and they were all in shock at the news. I asked about Julian’s frame of mind and they said he was very strong about the whole thing, he had taken the news in and processed it and was very strong in telling his teammates.
Some of his teammates were extremely upset and they have all rallied around him, and said they will support him all the way even though he won’t be on the field. It has absolutely rocked the club and, of course, Huxley’s family.
Huxley released a brief statement earlier today.
“It was a huge shock when the doctor told me I had a tumour,” the 28-year-old said.“It’s obviously been with me for some time and I’ve never felt any sort of illness.”
It’s believed that Huxley has had the tumour for several years and it’s benign, according to Brumbies chief executive officer Andrew Fagan.Tweet