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Hayne’s Media Frenzy

  The Australian media continue to rave about Jarryd Hayne’s decision to pursue his Olympic Games dream with the Vodafone Fijians 7s team. Preparing for this weekend’s London Sevens, overseas
19 May 2016 16:32
Hayne’s Media Frenzy

 

The Australian media continue to rave about Jarryd Hayne’s decision to pursue his Olympic Games dream with the Vodafone Fijians 7s team.

Preparing for this weekend’s London Sevens, overseas journalists have pressured the Vodafone Fijian 7s management for interviews with Hayne.

“We are facing a media frenzy here in London,” said team manager Ropate Kauvesi.

“They are getting rude as no interview is allowed for now.”

A report in Australia’s Daily Telegraph stated that Hayne will earn less money playing for Fiji at the Rio Olympics than teenagers flipping burgers at McDonald’s in Australia.

The Daily Telegraph went on to claim that Hayne and his Vodafone Fijian 7s teammates would pocket a modest AU$136.15 (F$209.08) each day they compete at the Olympics.

It stated: “Hayne could bank more working at a fast food outlet. McDonald’s staff earn AU$160.72 (F$246.78) for an eight-hour shift, while Pizza Hut cooks can make AU$180 (F$276.42) a day and KFC kitchen hands AU$142 (F$218.06) a day.

“Overall, Fijians players will earn AU$816.90 (F$1254.47) for their Rio adventure.

“It again clearly shows Hayne places his dreams and ambitions above cold, hard cash.”

Hayne took a savage pay cut to leave Australia’s National Rugby League for America’s National Football League on a rookie contract and has now taken yet another massive pay reduction.

Also there is no guarantee of him making the final squad for Rio, it shows his commitment to represent his father and former Souths star Manoa Thompson’s birthplace. The newspaper also claimed that Fijian 7s players earned between AU$9600 (F$14,742.15) and AU$12,800 (F$18,427.69) each year.

Hayne could easily have returned to NRL and signed a contract worth AU$1million (F$1.54m) a season, or AU$40,000 (F$61,425.64) a game.

A well-placed source said quoted in the Daily Telegraph: “This isn’t about money for Jarryd. Anyone that leaves a sport (rugby league) at the top of his game to go and play another sport for less money, just to challenge himself, should be applauded.

“And then anyone who leaves that sport to go and play another sport where he gets no money, he’s to be doubly applauded. This is a personal challenge.

“He left the NRL at the top of his game to go and play NFL on a rookie contract for a lot less money. Now he’s gone to Fiji, where he gets nothing. It’s his choice. Jarryd is very happy with his decision.”

If it were not enough, the Daily Telegraph also stressed Hayne’s travelling style.

Switching first-class or business seats for an economy seat are but some of the changes the former San Francisco 49ers will have to be accustomed to.

Under strict eligibility rules, Hayne will forfeit any chance of representing the Wallabies if he steps onto the field for Fiji in this weekend’s World Sevens event in London.

“It’s an all-or-nothing play,” said a source close to the Australian Rugby Union.

Fiji lead the 2015/16 World Sevens Series ahead of South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  stella.moresio@fijisun.com.fj

 

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