Wallaby utility back Julian Huxley is unlikely to play rugby again, despite the player’s determination to bounce back from a life-threatening brain tumour.
Brumbies coach Andy Friend revealed on Wednesday that Huxley will not play any part in this year’s Super 14 – crushing the 29-year-old’s hopes of a possible return.
“We won’t see him return to rugby this year,” Friend told Rugby365 and AAP.
Huxley was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering a fit during a game against the Reds in March last year.
The six-Test Wallaby then underwent surgery to remove the tumour and endured daily radiation therapy while he worked towards making a comeback.
However, doctors have advised against Huxley returning to action and forced him out of pre-season training.
Friend said that Huxley is taking some time out from his role as the club’s kicking coach to deal with the news that his comeback bid, and possibly his career, is over.
“He’s been working with the players up until Christmas time with the kicking and he’s currently taking a break for the month of January and just assessing things,” Friend added.
“It’s been a difficult period for him given as he had an expectation that he wanted to play again but medically that opportunity has been taken away from him.
“He’s just got to do some personal soul searching, if you like, and find out what it is that he wants to do but having him around here as a person is motivational for everybody and we hope that he’ll stay with us.”Tweet