Huxley’s team-mates shocked by brain tumour: Mortlock

Fullback Julian Huxley’s ACT Brumbies teammates were devastated by news that he has a brain tumour, Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock said Wednesday.

Huxley told players at the Super 14 team about the brain tumour, which is thought to be benign, before publicly revealing his condition on Tuesday.

Mortlock said the 28-year-old’s teammates reacted with shocked disbelief at the diagnosis, which followed a routine brain scan conducted on Monday after Huxley was concussed in Saturday’s match against the Queensland Reds.

“It’s devastating news for Hux,” Mortlock told ABC radio Wednesday.

“I think a lot of … just disbelief when Jules got up in front of the team and made the announcement.

“Everyone feels just so much for him. He’s just held in such high regard for what he’s done over the last number of years.”

Mortlock, who played alongside Huxley at last year’s World Cup, said the bad news came just as Huxley’s career was taking off following his return to the Brumbies last year after a stint with the Reds.

“He’s just blossomed so much,” Mortlock said.

“And to have this sudden news … it’s not just jeopardising his rugby, it’s something that is really jeopardising his health and it’s just blown most of the guys away,” he said.

Mortlock said Huxley remained composed when telling his fellow players about his condition.

“It’s amazing how well he’s held himself together, I think. Everyone else in the team was more emotional than Jules,” he said.

Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan said on Tuesday that it was unclear if or when Huxley would play again.

Sapa-AFP –

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