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‘Serevi Said Yes’

Jarryd Hayne is confident of making the Vodafone Fijian 7s 12-member squad for this weekend’s London 7s. The 28-year-old shocked fans around the world when he announced his immediate retirement
18 May 2016 12:05
‘Serevi Said Yes’
Vodafone Fijian 7s new addition Jarryd Hayne and Waisale Serevi in an earlier picture.

Jarryd Hayne is confident of making the Vodafone Fijian 7s 12-member squad for this weekend’s London 7s.

The 28-year-old shocked fans around the world when he announced his immediate retirement from America’s National Football League in order to chase a spot in the Vodafone Fijian rugby 7s team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.

“I have much confidence in myself,” Hayne said.

“I will do my best to my ability and hopefully it’s enough for Ben to give me the nod. I will take it day-by-day.”

Hayne made special mention of national 7s maestro Waisale Serevi during an interview with the media in London.

“One person that I want to get the green light from is Serevi.

“He’s the greatest of all time, I have close friendship with him and he was the first person that I spoke to and he supported me,” he added.

“I’m more confident that once I get my fitness and skills level right it will be a smooth sailing.”

Hayne revealed Fijian rugby officials had approached his father, Manoa Thompson, about a possible switch to rugby union shortly after he declared he was quitting the Parramatta Eels in October, 2014.

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan hailed Hayne’s decision to switch codes but said he received no guarantees of selection.

“I have no promises he is going to make the 12, but we will see how he goes. He will then come into the Fijian camp for the Olympic period. It is a huge challenge for Jarryd but if he gets into the squad it is only going to be on form,” Ryan added.

CIVONICEVA WARNS

Former Vodafone Fijian Bati skipper Petero Civoniceva stated Haynes inclusion into the team would spoil the Fijian combination.

Civoniceva said the current players have worked tirelessly for years to earn their spot in the 12-member Olympic squad.

“No doubt there will a disappointed player that misses out if he is to make the final cut,” Civoniceva told Triple M.

“It’s a very, very strong Fijian 7s outfit. They are at the top of the world rankings at the moment. Only 12 players will be selectedfor that Rio squad to contest the Olympics.

“It’s tough, it’s very tough but I guess that’s sport.

“There’s always going to be players that will miss out, but I think for these guys that have come so far throughout all of the tournaments across the world trying to prove themselves to be able to be picked for Rio, no doubt it’s going to be very disappointing for one of those players.”

 

TUQIRI: HAYNE CAN

Former dual international Lote Tuqiri said Hayne will have to drastically work on his aerobic capacity, but backed the former Australian star to surprise the rugby sevens community.

“It’s going to be incredibly tough for him,” Tuqiri told Fox Sports.

“I think just that aerobic capacity you’ve just got to work really, really hard in training.

“He’s probably got three months of really hard training in front of him now. I know in the past he probably ran his own race at Parramatta in the stuff he did off the field in the training and everything else.

“Ben Ryan, who is the Fijian coach at the moment, is a really hard task maker and he’s up against it, mate. They’re the best team in the world at the moment.

“Finished No 1 on the (World Series) circuit last year Fiji did, and there’s already about 10 to 15 blokes knocking down that door back home in Fiji just to try to get into that team.

“He hasn’t left himself a lot of time, but if there’s any guy who’s going to make it — everyone wrote him off with the NFL and everything else — so if there’s any guy that will make it, it will be Jarryd Hayne.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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