Karmichael Hunt coming back to Super Rugby

Last updated 09:18 25/07/2014
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CODE-HOPPER: Karmichael Hunt.

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Multi-talented Australian oval ball star Karmichael Hunt is set to feature in Super Rugby next year with the Queensland Reds.

Reports across the Tasman said the code-hopper would return to rugby from a stint of Aussie Rules with AFL club the Gold Coast Suns.

The Australian newspaper said Hunt would join the Queensland Reds on a deal worth up to $700,000 though the Australian Rugby Union had not offered any top-up.

The 27-year-old has a history in rugby, playing for Australian schools and turning out for French club Biarritz in the 2009-10 northern season, playing at wing and centre.

Hunt made his name in rugby league, starring with the Brisbane Broncos from 2004-09 as an outside back. He played 10 State of Origin games for Queensland and 11 tests for Australia.

Like fellow code-hopper Israel Folau, he failed to have the same impact on the AFL, despite a massive contract.

According to reports, the Reds have beaten NRL clubs Gold Coast Titans, Canterbury Bulldogs and the Broncos for his services.

There were also strong suggestions that troubled former Wallabies utility James O'Connor could return to the Super Rugby scene with the Reds.

O'Connor has been playing in Britain and France, but knew his hopes of a World Cup berth next year rested on playing - and behaving - back home.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie told The Australian that he "wasn't sure" where Hunt's deal was at.

But McKenzie believed had Hunt had a chance of success because he was a proven sportsman who had instincts for rugby and had proven himself to be pretty successful at Biarritz.

The Reds were coming off a disappointing 2014 campaign in which they finished 13th.

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