SPIRO: Welcome home prodigal son James O’Connor

Comes I expect Hunt to be successful, but it would have been better to get him four years ago as an investment.

1 Sep 2014
SPIRO: Welcome home prodigal son James O’Connor

To add something about Karmichael Hunt here. He looks on paper a gamble like Ben Marshall i.e. A player very old at 28 to make a conversion. But this is forgetting the season Hunt spent in French rugby before joining the AFL. He is effectively already adapted after a long European season of endless training and matches. At 28 he is unlikely to give his best years, but his second best years are probably good enough for the Wallabies. However it would have been better to spend the money on a younger NRL star. Even better would be if the ARU had stepped in to top up both Folau and Hunt when they came on the market a few years ago before going to AFL, as it refused to do. In fact let's take this one stage further. I remember Greg Russell who sadly is not seen here very often now, pointing out that it was obvious when they were 19 or so that Inglis, Hayne and Folau were the biggest young talents and the ARU could have got them for their entire careers at that stage. Who knows how the last few years' results would have played out then? The lesson is there to be drawn.

1 Sep 2014
Hunt deal topped up by ARU

Hunt could have been had for the same money four years younger but JON refused to top up the Waratahs.

31 Aug 2014
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