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Discarded Wallaby Karmichael Hunt thrown Super Rugby lifeline

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Karmichael Hunt has reportedly been given another shot at Super Rugby with the New South Wales Waratahs securing the 32-year-old’s signature.


Not in Brad Thorn’s plans in Queensland Reds, RUGBY.COM.AU have revealed that Hunt has agreed to terms with the Sydney club, with the deal to be made official before Christmas.

Hunt’s deal means the three Queensland cast-offs – James Slipper, Quade Cooper and now Hunt – have all found new Super Rugby homes, with Slipper joining the Brumbies and Cooper joining the Rebels.

Hunt briefly played rugby union in 2009 after a successful rugby league career with the Brisbane Broncos and a stint in the AFL with the Gold Coast Suns.

He linked up with the Reds in 2015 and played six tests for the Wallabies last year.

The versatile back has had his career trajectory slowed by off-field incidents.

Despite Hunt’s availability for the majority of the 2018 Super Rugby season, Thorn refused to pick the talented former Wallaby.


Hunt spent his year playing club rugby in Brisbane and starred for Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship.

A strong showing for Daryl Gibson’s side could see Hunt re-enter the Wallaby frame as the World Cup approaches.

Despite joining the Waratahs, the Queensland Rugby Union will pay part of Hunt’s new contract.

RUGBY.COM.AU also reported that the Reds have signed former Waratahs utility Bryce Hegarty. The 26-year-old joins his third club after stints in Melbourne and Sydney.


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