Thursday, March 06, 2008
Wallabies and Brumbies back Julian Huxley was diagnosed this week as having a brain tumour. The tumour is benign according to doctors, and was revealed after a regulation MRI following an unfortunate knock he took against the Reds on the weekend which had him convulsing on the field.
As a well known newspaper put it, professional rugby player one day, brain tumour patient the next. Such is life, these things happen and hope, courage, and support is what Huxley needs right now.
The 28 year old Brumbies fullback is currently seeking further advice from specialists and neurosurgeons and it is yet to be confirmed if and when the surgery will take place.
After seeing a player convulsing on the field, those 4 minutes of time off on Saturday seemed like ages. To then hear the dreadful news this week has been incredibly sad, only made better by Julian's positive attitude and spirit, talking about playing again next season and not retiring from the game entirely.
I've dug up this clip of a brilliant solo effort by Huxley from last year to basically pay respect to the man and wish him well for the future. I trust everything will be okay in the end and we hope to see him playing rugby again as soon as humanly possible.