Wallaby Karmichael Hunt cleared of cocaine possession

Queensland Reds rugby union player Karmichael Hunt is due back in court on Monday on drugs charges

Queensland Reds rugby union player Karmichael Hunt is due back in court on Monday on drugs charges

"Relieved" former Wallaby Karmichael Hunt will be hoping he can return to the sport after having a charge of cocaine possession dropped.

Wallabies and Reds star Karmichael Hunt will remain sidelined, pending a Rugby Australia investigation, after avoiding a conviction on drugs charges.

He was fined $600 but no conviction was recorded.

The code-hopper was initially charged with two counts of possessing a risky drug and another of contravening a police direction in Fortitude Valley on December 30, 2017.

His lawyer Adam Magill had argued that a conviction would limit the footballer's movements in Australia and especially overseas.

Karmichael Hunt leaves court after an earlier hearing.

"He can't sleep, he had a tablet [Xanax] for that goal".

He said Hunt had been "in his own personal jail at home".

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But when Magill was contacted by police he phoned Hunt, who went to police immediately, the court heard.

"Of late he's been under a certain amount of stress and anxiety", Mr Magill told the court.

He was shortly afterwards stood down from all rugby activities including training and playing commitments.

Rugby Australia is understood to be releasing a statement on his playing future soon.

Not long after starting with the Reds he was charged with four counts of drug possession and suspended for six weeks, fined $30,000, stripped of the vice-captaincy and instructed to undergo counselling.

He said the future was "unknown" but he would be discussing his options with his manager.

He made 11 test appearances for the Kangaroos in rugby league and has played six times for the Wallabies at centre, wing and fullback.

He admitted it as a "terrible mistake" but denied he had a drug problem.

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