Hunt barred from training with Reds

Date published: February 23 2015

Reds utility back Karmichael Hunt has been barred from training with his teammates until he faces drug-related charges in court on March 5.

But the Brisbane-based franchise has stopped short of standing him down and has decided to keep him on a modified training programme.

"He won't be training with the team in this next period of time," Reds coach Richard Graham told AAP.

"We'll certainly keep him on a modified program but that's more to do with his strength and conditioning, and keeping him ticking over."

Earlier on Monday, Queensland Rugby Union CEO Jim Carmichael said Hunt would not be available for selection for the Reds' clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.

“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 said via a press statement on the Reds' official website.

"As this highly complicated matter is due before the courts and is part of a wider and ongoing investigation by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission, we will continue not to prejudice the player’s legal or contractual rights and we will apply the principles of natural justice.

“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 playing group is aware of the organisation’s position and is entirely focused on preparing for an important Super Rugby game against the Highlanders in Dunedin this Friday, following our win over the Western Force on Saturday.”