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More Work For Hayne

Former National Rugby League (NRL) star and San Francisco 49ers, Jarryd Hayne, will need to work hard if he wants to secure a spot in the final Vodafone Fijian 7s
23 May 2016 12:16
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Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Jarryd Hayne makes 7s debut at the London 7s. Photo: Ian Muir

Former National Rugby League (NRL) star and San Francisco 49ers, Jarryd Hayne, will need to work hard if he wants to secure a spot in the final Vodafone Fijian 7s squad to the Rio Olympics in August.

Hayne, who made his debut in the London 7s, was used sparingly by coach Ben Ryan who said his fitness was not quite up to the standards of the local boys.

“Jarryd comes from a different angle, he has a great background in rugby league and another professional sport (NFL) at the highest level,” Ryan said.

“In attack he is comfortable on the ball, he has good special awareness and has good footwork.

“In defence, he is a good tackler with breakdown skills, the finer arts, but he hasn’t the same fitness levels as our boys have got, and in spite of that he’s had a good week with us.

“That’s why we are moderating what he’s doing, he was pretty sore on Friday after consecutive training runs in what was a light week for us.

“I’d be an idiot of a coach if having eight minutes in the World Sevens Series I can still make an assumption of where he can go.”

With the Rio Olympics just three months away, the training camp will be vigorous and the last chance for players, especially Hayne, to prove themselves to Ryan.

“When we go into Olympic camp there’s no hiding place. We don’t pick on faces, we pick on form, and he (Jarryd Hayne) has seven weeks to prove himself,” he said.

“If he gets into our side because of form then he’s done remarkably well and if he doesn’t, it just goes to show the quality we’ve got.”

The Vodafone Fijian 7s secured their back to back  World Rugby Sevens World Series title yesterday after beating Australia 26-0 in their last pool play of   the London 7s to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 



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