Hunt extends Reds stay

    2017-11-24 10:22

    Cape Town - Reds and Wallabies utility back Karmichael Hunt will stay at the Brisbane-based franchise until 2019 after signing a fresh two-year deal with the Queensland Rugby Union and Rugby Australia. 

    Hunt had a standout season in 2017, featuring as the Reds’ starting fullback and earning his Test debut against Fiji in Melbourne to become a dual international. 

    The 30-year-old now has five Test caps to his name, to add to his 11 appearances for Australia in Rugby League as well as 10 games of State of Origin for Queensland. 

    “It's been a big year for me personally, obviously making my Wallabies debut was a huge honour but I really enjoyed getting some really solid minutes up in Queensland with Reds,” said Hunt. 

    "I'm really enjoying my time in Rugby. There have been some challenges but I've been loving the journey to now. 

    "I definitely have my eyes on the 2019 World Cup in Japan. I think this Wallabies group is building something special and it's something I really want to be part of.

    "I'm looking forward to getting stuck in with Thorny (Brad Thorn) next year at the Reds too. We have a great mix of players at the Reds now and I think the coaching staff can bring the best out of the group.”

    Hunt became Queensland Representative Number 1275 when he made his debut for the Reds back in 2015. He has played 32 games for Queensland and started in all but two in the 2017 season.

    Incoming Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “We’re pleased to know Karmichael will be around Ballymore for another couple of years. He is a senior player with plenty of experience, who has really found his feet in Rugby over the last 12 months. We expect big things from him next year.”

    Hunt is just the second Australian athlete after Israel Folau to compete professionally in all three of the country's winter football codes - having played in the NRL, AFL and Super Rugby.

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