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Brumbies skipper doubted Huxley's return

By Karlis Salna 25/03/2010 08:58:44 PM Comments (0)

Brumbies captain Stephen Hoiles admits he doubted whether Julian Huxley would ever make it back onto the rugby field.

Hoiles says the Brumbies' squad has got a "huge buzz" out of Huxley's fightback from a brain tumour two years ago to return to the team for Friday night's Super 14 clash with the Chiefs at Canberra Stadium.

"A lot of people thought he was mad and I actually was probably one of those that doubted that he'd get back," Hoiles said on Thursday.

"But he's just shown an enormous amount of persistence and determination to come back, not just physically, but also the legality of it all.

"I think the squad's got a huge buzz out that."

It was only three weeks ago that former Wallabies utility back Huxley finally received the necessary clearances to play after negotiating numerous legal and medical obstacles in his bid to return to the field.

With just two matches for the Brumbies reserve side under his belt, the 30-year-old will start on the bench against the Chiefs, hoping to take the field for his 54th Super rugby appearance.

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