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Hunt 'raring to go' for Broncos

By Laine Clark 12/06/2009 01:34:04 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane fullback Karmichael Hunt has declared himself over his bout of swine flu and a certain starter in Friday night's NRL clash with the Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

Hunt said he was "fully recovered and raring to go" after joining the rest of the Broncos as they ended their quarantine to grab a belated training session on Friday, just hours before their showdown with the Dogs.

There had been a question mark over Hunt's availability after he only learned on Thursday that he had tested positive to swine flu.

However he trained without any problems and was given the all-clear by the club's medical staff.

"The last couple of days I've felt fine and today I feel even better so I guess the Tamiflu has worked and the bug has hopefully passed completely and we can get on with some football," Hunt told MX newspaper.

Brisbane were still waiting for the results of tests taken on Thursday from winger Antonio Winterstein who displayed similar symptoms to Hunt.

Winterstein trained with the Broncos but youngster Dale Copley was on standby.

Brisbane boss Bruno Cullen had initially threatened to forfeit the Friday night game because of fears players quarantined for most of the week were at a higher risk of injury than usual.

He said the club's 72-hour swine flu quarantine was not due to finish until 10pm on Friday night which was why the club was so opposed to the game going ahead.

However, Broncos players convinced the club hierarchy late on Thursday night that they should play the game, thereby avoiding the first match forfeit since the Super League war erupted in 1996.

Despite technically still being in quarantine, Broncos players were to mix with other mourners attending legendary talent scout Cyril Connell's funeral service in Brisbane on Friday afternoon.

Connell, 81, died this week after a long illness - barely one year after leaving the Broncos job he held for almost 20 years.

Former Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett - now the Dragons mentor - was also attending the service of his longtime friend and colleague.

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