Karmichael in the 2019 Rugby World Cup hunt

Beth Newman Profile
by Beth Newman

Karmichael Hunt is staying with the Reds, signing a two-year deal with Queensland to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Hunt is in his third year at Ballymore, after switching to rugby from AFL club the Gold Coast Suns, and his June debut against Fiji made him the 48th dual international.

It was a rocky start for Hunt into rugby, with Injuries and off-field dramas, but he has managed to make himself a regular part of the Test setup this season, currently on his first Spring Tour.

"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," he said.

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

Hunt said his first stint overseas with the Wallabies had shown him the reach of rugby.

"The Spring Tour has opened my eyes a bit to how big the game is in the Northern Hemisphere. The atmosphere at Twickenham last Saturday was up with the best I have ever experienced.

"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."

Australia takes on Scotland on Saturday November 25, kicking off at 2:30pm local, Sunday 1:30am AEDT, LIVE on beIN Sports and SBS Viceland.