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Christian Leali'ifano set for game 150, wants fairytale to last another match

Christian Leali'ifano will play his 150th game for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby semifinal with the Jaguares Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Brumbies skipper Christian Leali'ifano admits it wasn't so long ago he thought he'd never play again, let alone reach the 150 Super Rugby game milestone.

Leali'ifano was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2016 and underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, before making a remarkable return for the Brumbies less than 12 months later.

The 19-Test Wallabies back has been in career-best form this season and led the Brumbies to the Australian conference title.

Leali'ifano hasn't played for the Wallabies since his diagnosis but the five-eighth's form could see him recalled for Australia's World Cup campaign in September.

He'll play in his second Super Rugby final and first since 2013 if the Brumbies win their semifinal against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Saturday morning (AEST).

Leali'ifano is just the second Brumbies player to reach 150 games behind former Wallabies prop Ben Alexander (154), but the 31-year-old said it's no more special than every other game since he beat cancer.

"I haven't thought about it too much. Obviously it's really special but I don't really know how to feel or explain it. It's been a hell of a journey and this is just another exciting game," Lealiifano said.

"It's special but every game after being back is special to me, so this adds to that and I'm still very grateful.

"There's a lot of people that have gone into my journey, my family first and foremost, then all the players and coaches over the years.

"They've all had input in helping me fulfil my dreams and continue to try to be the best player I can be."

Leali'ifano will retire from Super Rugby this year after 12 seasons at the Brumbies and he's still chasing his first Super Rugby title.

It would mark a fairytale finish if Lealiifano can deliver the Brumbies their first championship since 2004, before he departs for the Japanese Top league.

"The fairytale isn't just to get there, it's to win it," Lealiifano said.

"But for now we're just focused on getting there. It would be nice to finish on a high but there's plenty of work to do between now and then.

"Two more to go."