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Waratahs sign Karmichael Hunt on 1-year deal

SYDNEY (AP) The New South Wales Waratahs have thrown former Wallabies fullback Karmichael Hunt a career lifeline by signing him on a one-year Super Rugby contract.

Hunt, who has played six tests for Australia, played no Super Rugby last season after being shunned by Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn over his second arrest on drug-related matters. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika followed Thorn in declining to select the former rugby league and Australian Rules star.

Hunt said his year away from rugby had allowed him to "reassess why I was making bad decisions" and he told reporters "it means a lot me that (coach) Daryl (Gibson) and the Waratahs have decided to give me another go, I'm ready to take this opportunity with both hands."