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Test fullback in shock reshuffle



Wayne Bennett is poised to drop a selection bombshell, with Broncos and Australia fullback Karmichael Hunt set to play halfback against North Queensland on Friday night.

In a shock reshuffle, Hunt is likely to be given the task of shutting down Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston, with grand final playmaker Shane Perry becoming the first major casualty of Brisbane's indifferent trial form and World Club Challenge loss.

To accommodate the positional switch, grand final fullback Justin Hodges is expected to revert to the No.1 jumper after playing in the centres during both the World Club Challenge and Australia's successful Tri-Nations campaign late last year.

Hunt spent yesterday's training session at Red Hill attacking alongside Lockyer at first receiver.

He was responsible for generating fifth-tackle options and defending outside hard-hitting lock Tonie Carroll in the front line during a simulated session in oppressive heat.
Not really shocked at all considering Karmichael has played halfback or 5/8th for the Broncos on several occasions. Hodges is Karmichael's equal at fullback in my opinion.