Hunt will not be considered for selection for the Reds’ clash with the Highlanders on Friday.
The Queensland Reds have confirmed Karmichael Hunt will miss his side’s clash against Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.
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Hunt remains at the centre of the drug scandal that has rocked Australian sport after it was alleged he arranged the supply of cocaine in South East Queensland.
He missed the Reds’ win over the Western Force on Saturday, and Reds chief executive Jim Carmichael confirmed Hunt would not be considered for seletion for this weekend’s game.
“Following extensive consultation with Karmichael over the weekend, we have determined that it continues to be best for Karmichael’s welfare that he is not available for selection this Friday,” Carmichael was quoted by AAP.
“Notwithstanding our responsibilities to our Members, fans and wider Rugby stakeholders – and although Karmichael was not contracted to rugby during the period in question – the QRU strongly believes it has a duty of care to its employees.
“As such, we will continue to provide Karmichael with the required organisational support.”
The Reds currently sit 11th overall on the Super Rugby table after two matches.