Hayne Teams Up With Serevi, Seahawks

Jarryd Hayne has always thought big — and now he’s living it large with Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks. The Eels skipper got the jump on his teammates last
23 Sep 2014 12:52
Hayne Teams Up With Serevi, Seahawks
Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens utility Asaeli Tuivuaka makes a tackle against Australia’s Lachie Miller at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Tuivuaka, is one the players being eyed by Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter for the November Test series. Photo: World Rugby

Jarryd Hayne has always thought big — and now he’s living it large with Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

The Eels skipper got the jump on his teammates last week, crossing the Pacific for a personal tour of NFL and College football powerhouses in Washington State.

In Seattle, Hayne joined Fijian rugby sevens legend Waisale Serevi and his family for dinner.

“Thanks so much for all you have done in the world of Rugby League,” Serevi stated in his Facebook account.

“Thank you so much for representing our country (Fiji Bati) and Fijians all over the world are so proud of you. May God continue to bless you on your journey. Enjoy Seattle the Evergreen State.”

According to the Daily Telegraph a certain selection for the Kangaroos Four Nations squad, Hayne was unable to join Parramatta’s entire squad on their prearranged trip to Seattle, which will double as their return to training in the first week of November.

Realising he would miss the opportunity of a lifetime, Hayne approached Eels CEO Scott Seward last Monday to see if he could go alone this week. He boarded a plane to Los Angeles last Wednesday.

“Jarryd approached the club and said he didn’t want to miss out. It was pretty hectic, but luckily we had the contacts and that came into play,” Seward said.

“He wants to go over there, see what they have to offer and be in peak condition for the Four Nations tournament.”

Hayne will spend 10 days in the USA, and his exposure to the Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies will basically replicate what’s in store for the rest of the Eels players in November.

“He’ll be going to a Huskies game on Saturday, and then the Seahawks game on Sunday,” Seward said.

“He’ll be doing all the same testing and training at the university’s athletics centre, which is where the team will be based when they arrive.

“We’re trying to get him as much exposure as possible. The only thing he won’t be able to do is a field session because he’s alone.”

Hayne turns 27 in February; too late in his career to make a radical switch to American football — especially given the fact he would have to be in exile for a year because the two sports are played in different seasons.

But he has spoken passionately about the rights of NFL players before, pointing out that conditions in the NRL are far inferior.

“He has not completely ruled it out,” Hayne’s agent, Wayne Beavis, said. “But the seasons are out of whack and he would have to miss 12 months.

“He’s just interested in a lot of sports, including NFL and basketball. He loves the hype, he loves the way it all works over there in America.”

When Hayne and the Eels return to normal duties in December, attention is sure to focus on his future. Off-contract at the end of 2015, Hayne is certain to be one of the most talked-about players on the market.

But heading into his 10th season of first grade at Parramatta, it’s difficult to see the local product going elsewhere should the Eels look after him.



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