Karmichael Hunt is no stranger to the big stage, vying for the biggest stage in his latest code switch. Hunt has played State of Origin for Queensland and rugby league Tests for Australia, before joining the Gold Coast Suns in the AFL. After the better part of two seasons in Australia, Hunt has progresses to the Wallabies squad. With experience in a number of backline roles, Hunt could be in the mix for a variety of spots.
Karmichael Hunt joined the Reds ahead of the 2015 season on a three-year deal. His love of rugby began as a high school student at Brisbane’s Anglican Church Grammar School. The 28-year-old multi-code athlete started his professional career in the National Rugby League, before playing rugby union in the French Top 14 and four seasons with the Gold Coast Suns in the Australia Football League. 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 now Super Rugby.
A former schoolboy prodigy at Anglican Church Grammar in Brisbane, Hunt along with Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has played three football codes professionally in Australia. A long and distinguished career with the Brisbane Broncos was followed by four seasons in the AFL with the Gold Coast Suns. In between, however, he returned to his rugby roots, briefly, with a stint with French club Biarittz, including their 2009/2010 Heineken Cup Final loss to Toulouse.
After linking with the Reds for the 2015 season, Hunt played several positions throughout the backline, before injury cut short his Super Rugby campaign, but he was able gain major game time for City during the NRC, finding a home in the no.15 jersey, a position he’s carried through to the Reds in 2016.