For­giv­ing Hunt was right: Cheika

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Wal­la­bies coach Michael Cheika says so­ci­ety should be more will­ing to for­give those who ad­mit their mis­takes. Cheika had launched an im­pas­sioned de­fence of Karmichael Hunt, say­ing stick­ing by the code­hop­per through his drugs con­tro­versy last year was the right thing to do. Hunt stands to be­come a dual in­ter­na­tional if, as ex­pected, he makes his Aus­tralia de­but in the se­ries opener against Eng­land at Sun­corp Sta­dium on June 11. But there were many who felt the 29-year-old should have been kicked out of the sport when he be­came em­broiled in a co­caine scan­dal last year, stain­ing his pre­vi­ously lily­white im­age as a pop­u­lar ath­lete who had al­ready con­quered two other codes. Cheika says he un­der­stands those con­trary view­points, but he be­lieves so­ci­ety as a whole should be more for­giv­ing of peo­ple like Hunt, who ac­knowl­edge their mis­takes and gen­uinely try to move on. “For­give­ness is also a very Chris­tian value too,” Cheika told re­porters.

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