Phil Waugh slams Karmichael Hunt for letting himself down

Phil Waugh was disappointed that Karmichael Hunt let Michael Cheika (pictured) down
Phil Waugh was disappointed that Karmichael Hunt let Michael Cheika (pictured) down

Wallabies great Phil Waugh slammed fullback Karmichael Hunt for letting Australia and everyone supported him down after he was stood down by Rugby Australia over his arrest and drug possession charge.

The incident happened in the early hours on Saturday morning when the police found a drug in his parked car in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

He will now appear in front of a Brisbane Magistrates Court on 29th January after he was charged with two counts of drug possession. The 31-year-old was already fined $2500 in 2015 when he pleaded guilty to four counts of drug possession and Rugby Australia decided that Hunt be stood down from training and playing until the full details are out on the latest case.

Hunt was handed a Wallabies debut in June last year by head coach Michael Cheika and Waugh feels he has wasted his opportunity.

"The sad thing is that Rugby Australia and Cheika and the Reds really stuck by Karmichael when they probably could have thrown him out the first time, although it happened before they actually took him on board," Waugh told Fox Sports.

"They picked him in squads that perhaps people questioned whether he should have been in.

"He's had opportunities that other players haven't had. It's just a wasted opportunity for such a talented athlete.

"There are so many other players who would just do anything to get this opportunity. And they watch instances like this and they go, 'why would you throw it away?'

"This is just poor behaviour and a bad choice."

Waugh also warned Hunt of the after-effects of his latest drug trouble.

"I actually really genuinely feel for the guy because his last 12 months in rugby has been superb," Waugh said.

"It's just a sad story because the light at the end of the tunnel's hard to see, the second time around, particularly because he's come so far in the game in such a short period of time.

"People are talking about the financial impact as of today, but you've got to look at what the financial impact is post-career.

"You already know how difficult it is for players to transition out of professional sport to life after sport, and certainly these allegations don't help."


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