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Leali'ifano set for Ulster stint amid recovery from cancer

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Wallabies utility back Christian Leali'ifano is set to join Irish club Ulster on a short-term contract as he bids to make up for lost time in his recovery from leukemia.

Leali'ifano signed a deal to play with the Belfast-based club until Jan. 22 and will return to the Canberra-based Brumbies to join season training ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby competition.

"I feel that it's important that I get some minutes playing competitive rugby," the 29-year-old Leali'ifano said in a statement Monday. "With this opportunity, I feel I can come back to the Brumbies in great shape."