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banner Wednesday, 15 November, 2000, 14:32 GMT
Hunte signs for Ponty
Alan Hunte bursts past Tuigamala in a St Helen's v Wigan clash
Hunte bursts past Tuigamala: Now he joins him in rugby union
Pontypridd have joined the growing cross-code rugby trend by signing former Great Britain wing Alan Hunte from Warrington.

The 30 year old's contract has run out at Wilderspool and Pontypridd hope he will inject some speed into their back line.

"I feel that this is going to be an exciting time in my career, playing the union game.

This is a fresh start and a new challenge for me changing codes," said Hunte.

I have watched them quite a lot in the Heineken Cup this season and their display and blend of rugby both in attack and defence have been tremendous
  Alan Hunte impressed with Ponty

"I realise I have a lot to learn but I hope to bring a new dimension with my size and speed to play the expansive type of rugby Ponty are renowned for.

"I have trained with the Ponty squad this week and I am most impressed with their dedication, commitment and the welcome they have given me," Hunte enthused.

Hunte, who is looking forward to making his debut in a friendly fixture against Swansea on Saturday, added: "Pontypridd are a very respected top Welsh club in the north.

"I have watched them quite a lot in the Heineken Cup this season and their display and blend of rugby both in attack and defence have been tremendous. I am sure during my stay in Wales I will extend my knowledge greatly."

Hunte toured New Zealand with Great Britain in 1996 and has also been capped by England, but is not involved in the Lincoln Rugby League World Cup.

Keiron Cunningham

The winger's move to Sardis Road comes soon after other developments involving rugby's two codes.

Wales hooker Keiron Cunningham has indicated he wants to play rugby union after the World Cup.

Caerphilly are about to sign Wales rugby league centre Jason Critchley, albeit from rugby union side Leicester.

And dual Wales internationals Paul Moriarty and John Devereux played for Wales in Sunday's World Cup quarter-final against Papua New Guinea after gaining permission off Swansea and Bridgend.

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