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Hunt ruled out of Australia's Bledisloe Cup tests in August

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) Karmichael Hunt has been ruled out of Australia's opening Bledisloe Cup tests after undergoing ankle surgery.

Hunt, who played rugby league for Australia and had a stint in the Australian rules Australian Football League before converting to rugby union, made his test debut for the Wallabies last month and was one of the best players in a June series against Fiji, Italy and Scotland.

Hunt was absent when the extended Wallabies squad gathered in Newcastle, north of Sydney, on Monday to build up for the two tests against New Zealand in August. Coach Michael Cheika confirmed the 30-year-old utility back was expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks.