Queensland Reds star Karmichael Hunt has been named on the bench in his Super Rugby return against the Melbourne Rebels on Friday.
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Hunt served a six-match suspension after he pleaded guilty to four counts of the possession of cocaine in late 2014.
The 28-year-old was fined $2500 by the Southport Magistrates Court, with the charge downgraded from the initial accusation of the supply of the drug into south-east Queensland.
However, Hunt was still slapped with a $30,000 fine and a six-week ban from the Australian Rugby Union following the guilty plea.
The former Gold Coast Suns AFL player is expected to be eased into his return at full-back after making his debut in round one at five-eighth.
Liam Gill returns from suspension after serving a two-week ban for a dangerous tackle during the Reds’ 29-0 loss at the hands of the ACT Brumbies.
The Reds have won just one of its six opening matches, with the pressure now building on coach Richard Graham to get the Queensland side’s season back on track.
QUEENSLAND REDS SQUAD:
Lachie Turner, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi, Anthony Fainga’a, James O’Connor, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Jake Schatz, Liam Gill, Adam Thomson, James Horwill, Dave McDuling, Greg Holmes, James Hanson, James Slipper (capt) INT: Ben Daley, Saia Fainga’a, Sef Faagase, Marco Kotze, Curtis Browning, Nick Frisby, Chris Kuridrani, Karmichael Hunt.