Queensland Reds: Three Number Tens

BY BEN

Karmichael Hunt

We all thought Karmichael Hunt was a number 1.

From his 5 years in the NRL Karmichael excelled as a fullback for the Broncos, Queensland and Australia. Karmichael also made a successful transition to the Gold Coast Suns in the midfield earning an admirer in the great Gary Abblett Jr:

He’s been fantastic for the younger guys. He’s a super hard trainer and just sets a good example

In the Reds opening game Karmichael replaced an injured Quade Cooper at flyhalf, where it was hoped his experience as an older elite athlete could guide the struggling Super 14 team around the park.

This week the Reds new star recruit was charged with personal use and supplying cocaine along with a number of other high profile football players. Although details are scarce it does seem like a classic dickhead move from Hunt making him a definite number 10 for the reds.

Sportress Dickhead Score: 10/10

James O’Connorjames

James O’Connor has always said he thinks of himself as a 12 or even a 15. Woah……Slow down James. Here at the Sportress our dickhead meter only goes up to ten.

Throughout his career O’Connor has developed a reputation for his ill-discipline off the field. The most notable incidents were him being photographed drunk at 4am with Kurtly Beale, at a Hungry Jacks days before a crucial Test match against the Lions in 2013.

Correction. Posed for a photo drunk at 4am in Hungry Jacks. Hope the stacker was worth it.
Correction. Posed for a photo drunk at 4am in Hungry Jacks. Hope the stacker was worth it.

After being told he was on his last chance, his Wallabies contract was then torn up months later after he was kicked off a flight to Bali for being drunk and disorderly. Here are some testimonials from former teammates:

I don’t know what went on in this incident, and whether there was alcohol involved or there wasn’t, but there has just been too many (incidents). I don’t know if it will be said publicly but I know, having been alongside most of those guys, they were disappointed a long time ago. –Nathan Sharpe (O’Connor’s Captain at the Western Force).

“And I guess the fact that we’re sitting down talking about an off-field incident, no matter who it is (it was James O’Connor), is disappointing.” James Horwill – Wallabies Captain in 2013.

“He took my scooter and hid it in a cleaning cupboard. I guess it would have been a funny joke except he forgot about it and went home and I was stuck without my scooter.” Adam Freier – Team mate at the Melbourne Rebels.

If we could make you a 15 we would James but you’ll just have to settle for 10.

Sportress Dickhead Score: 10/10

Quade Cooper

Possibly worse than red budgie smugglers.
Possibly worse than red budgie smugglers.

Quade Cooper has always been a bit of a 10. Things went pretty pear shaped for Quade Cooper in 2012 when he infamously tweeted about the “toxic environment” at the Wallabies and how he wouldn’t play for Australia unless things changed.

“I love rugby but there’s shit going on behind and above the players [that affects] the whole organisation! That’s why I feel so strongly as a player. I don’t want to be involved in the toxic environment, and that’s how it is at the moment. It’s an environment where things aren’t going according to plan and everyone is looking to point the finger.”

Days later he picked up straight where he left off.

“the environment there is one I don’t feel comfortable with, And if I don’t feel comfortable and I don’t feel I can give 100 per cent for my country and for that yellow jersey then that’s a very big problem.”

After copping a record $60000 fine and falling out with Wallaby selectors Cooper followed the tried and true path to rugby redemption…Boxing! Boxing solves all public relations problems. Just ask Cooper’s boxing mates Anthony Mundine and Sonny Bill Williams.

To be fair, boxing did work out pretty good for Mundine
To be fair, boxing did work out pretty good for Mundine

Sportress Dickhead Score: 10/10

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