Huxley’s Super 14 return suffers major blow

Former Brumbies star Julian Huxley’s hopes of playing rugby again in 2009 have been dealt a crushing blow with Brumbies coach Andy Friend revealing the utility will not play any part in this year’s Super 14 season.

Twenty Nine year old Huxley was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering a fit during a game against his former side the Reds in March last year.

Huxley who has played for Australia six times underwent surgery last year to have the tumour removed and endured daily radiation therapy while he worked towards making a comeback.

Huxley has remained positive throughout his ordeal and had hoped that he would be able return to playing in 2009.

He had also taken up a position with the Brumbies as the club’s kicking coach but has now been forced to take some time off t deal with the news that his comeback bid, and possibly his career, is over.

“We won’t see him return to rugby this year,” Friend told AAP.

“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.

“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.”

The Brumbies ar stepping up their preparations for the Super14 with two trial matches against the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium on January the 30th and the Waratahs at the Sydney Football Stadium on February the 5th.

They will then head to Dunedin for their first Super 14 fixture against the Highlanders at Carisbrook.

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