Christian Lealiifano nominated for prestigious Laureus Award

Christian Leali'ifano [R] embraces Tevita Kuridrani after the Wallabies' victory over Argentina in Brisbane, July 27, 2019 Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Wallabies fly-half Christian Lealiifano has been shortlisted for the Comeback of the Year at the prestigious Laureus World Sport awards after he made his return to international rugby just three years after he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Lealiifano made his Wallabies return in 2019 and played a crucial role for the side, eventually becoming the first-choice fly-half during their World Cup campaign in Japan.

Diagnosed in 2016, he underwent months of treatment that forced him to miss much of the 2017 Super Rugby season before he made an inspiring comeback for his side the Brumbies during their quarterfinal appearance against the Hurricanes.

The 32-year-old faces tough competition with international tennis star Andy Murray, NBA star Kawhi Leonard and Premier League side Liverpool also shortlisted for the award.

If he is to win he'd join illustrious names such as golfer Tiger Woods and fellow rugby stars Dan Carter and Schalk Burger as winners of the prestigious award.

The Japan national team have also been shortlisted for Breakthrough of the Year, while the 2019 World Cup winning Springbooks have been nominated for the World Team of the Year.