Rugby League

Jarryd Hayne abandons NFL bid and switches focus to rugby union

Published Add your comment

Football News

Former rugby league international Jarryd Hayne has abandoned his bid to pursue a career in American football in favour of a switch to rugby union.

The 28-year-old former Parramatta centre or full-back has announced his decision to leave the San Francisco 49ers after one season to take up an offer to join the Fiji rugby sevens team to compete in the Rio Olympics.

"I am retiring from the NFL because the Fiji Rugby Sevens team reached out to me about the opportunity to join the team for the upcoming Olympics and I simply could not pass that chance up," Hayne said in a statement.

"The Olympics has been something I have admired since I was a little boy and it is an opportunity I feel very similar to me joining the NFL."

Hayne stunned the world of rugby league in October 2013 when he quit the sport to try his luck in the NFL and subsequently signed as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers but ended up playing only eight games.

The Sydney-born Hayne, whose father Manoa Thompson had a brief spell with Warrington in 1995-96, represented Fiji at the 2008 World Cup before switching his allegiance and was a member of the Kangaroos team that won the World Cup in England in 2013.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Rugby League
Rugby Union

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - Rugby League Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again