Brumbies and Wallabies utility back Julian Huxley has been forced to retire from rugby due to a brain tumour.
Huxley will undergo surgery to remove a tumour discovered two weeks ago. The 28-year-old received the bad news after going for a scan following a collision against the Reds’ James Horwill. It’s now been confirmed he will never play rugby again.
“From the brief discussions I’ve had with the neurosurgeon, no one has ever returned to that level in a contact sport, it could be quite dangerous,” Huxley told The Sun-Herald.
“It really hit me [on Friday] night. Just before going out to the [Brumbies-Hurricanes] game, about 4pm, you start thinking, ‘I’d be getting ready to go out there about now’.”
Huxley said life will be very different watching rugby from the sideline, but he considers himself lucky the tumour was discovered.
“I’m fortunate that I have been playing rugby because going through life every day there’s no reason to get an MRI, you’re not going to get knocked out.
“I’m very fortunate to find [the tumour] and to find it now while I’m young and healthy. Hopefully I’ll get through the operation better than if I was older. It looks like it’s benign but it can transform and get angry and nasty.”
Huxley has been studying a Bachelor of Business in Property at the University of Western Sydney by correspondence, a degree that should get his undivided attention with his rugby career cut short. But this will only commence once he’s back in good health.