Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver revealed to the media that Jarryd Hayne will not playing Super Rugby next season following a meeting held prior to the weekend.
Hayne, who failed in his attempt to make the Fiji sevens squad in time for the Rio Olympics after leaving NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers, has had a wealth of interest come from NRL sides including former team Parramatta Eels.
However the former NRL star has revealed that it is his intention to once again make a leap between codes and state his claim within the realms of the XV aside game next season.
Yet, Hayne’s aspirations were somewhat dispersed after the Waratahs ruled out an offer in bringing the former Eel into the squad, as Hayne had reportedly been keen to stay in Sydney.
“He made it clear up front his preference was to live in New South Wales and we were responding to feedback he gave us,” Pulver said.
Increased focus on indigenous player development and growth were highlighted as a predominant reason for Hayne’s rejection as this has been an area that has come under increased scrutiny following Australian rugby’s abysmal 2015/16 Super Rugby season.
Pulver is of the firm belief that there is legitimate interest both from and for Hayne within rugby union with some of France’s big spending heavyweights sure to provide some offers for the highly talented athlete:
“You’re a little concerned when there are media waiting outside a meeting that has been organised by them,” he said.
“I guess that was a little bit of an issue. But at the end of the day, there’s a chance he is signing up to play rugby in France. Certainly, the conversation I had was there was genuine interest in our game.”
In the wake of such comments reports have been emanating from French media publications such as lequipe.fr linking Hayne with a move to French powerhouse Toulon.
Such a lucrative move to Europe now seems like a very likely option for Hayne to pursue with sizeable financial standing to be made, seeing as his international aspirations to line-out for the Wallabies have been taken away after lining out for the Fiji sevens.
(source via rugby.com.au)