No Hunt or O'Connor in November

Date published: August 31 2014

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Australia boss Ewen McKenzie has ruled out taking either Karmichael Hunt or James O'Connor on tour to Europe in November.

Australia boss Ewen McKenzie has ruled out taking either Karmichael Hunt or James O'Connor on tour to Europe in November.

Hunt will cross over from AFL side Gold Coast Sun, with O'Connor returning from Australia to join him at the Reds.

McKenzie has ruled out using either player as New Zealand plan to do with Sonny Bill Williams, who is heading back to Union from the NRL.

“Effectively they haven't qualified, so there has been no discussion around that at all,” McKenzie told the Australian Daily Telegraph.

McKenzie revealed he had been impressed by Hunt's attitude on meeting with him before the switch.

“I was impressed with the guy when I met him, for lots of reasons,” added McKenzie.

“It depends on where (Queensland) play him and what role he'll have, but I was impressed with the person. Anyone who knows me (knows) the skill set is one thing, the person is another. You have to get both right to have a chance of getting a good outcome.

“I think he can bring a bit to rugby in that sense, but ultimately it will come down to how well he plays.

“He has the right ingredients. it is just a question of transition. We know from when Izzy came across, the AFL guys, they do a lot of running. So he's probably a few kilos under what the playing weight he would have been in league or whatever.

“So there's some physiological adjustments but I think attitude, personality, he's bright, he's articulate, there's a lot of things we can work with that suggest he has the ingredients to make a successful transition.

“He played 13 at Biarritz, so you think he'd be playing 13 and wider; whether it be wing and full-back.”

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