RULED OUT: Karmichael Hunt's Wallabies career is on hold after surgery on an ankle injury.
RULED OUT: Karmichael Hunt's Wallabies career is on hold after surgery on an ankle injury. Tertius Pickard

Surgery rules Hunt out of Bledisloe Tests

THE Wallabies have suffered an injury blow with Karmichael Hunt ruled out of the Bledisloe Cup Tests in August - but Quade Cooper still has not been recalled to the squad.

Hunt has had surgery on his injured ankle and will be sidelined for two months, leaving Australia's midfield stocks thin.

But after snubbing Cooper from his initial 39-man training squad, coach Michael Cheika has chosen not to replace Hunt in the camp at Newcastle.

It means Kurtley Beale and Reece Hodge are the only firm inside centre options for the games against the All Blacks on August 19 in Sydney and August 26 in Dunedin.

Bernard Foley is the only full-time five-eighth in the training squad, and if he is injured Beale will be his replacement at No.10.

Hunt made his Test debut in June and started all three Tests for the Wallabies against Fiji, Scotland and Italy.

He showed strong signs, particularly in defence, and would have been a sound option to stop the Kiwi attacking threats of Sonny Bill Williams and Ngani Laumape, who play the inside centre position.


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