Jarryd Hayne cut from Fiji rugby Sevens squad for Rio Olympics

ByESPN staff ESPN logo
Friday, July 15, 2016

Jarryd Hayne will not be fulfilling his Olympic dream.

The former NFL and NRL player was cut from Fiji's Rugby Sevens squad last Friday following a meeting with coach Ben Ryan.

Hayne will remain with the squad for a few more days before returning to Sydney to plot his next career move, which is expected to be a return to the NRL.

"Last Friday I had a meeting with Ben to discuss my future with the team and I was informed that my time has ended," Hayne said via Facebook.

"As much as I would have loved to go to Rio, I too knew I wasn't ready yet. During my time with the team, I pushed my body above and beyond. I used all my experience as a professional athlete and have tried everyday and in every way possible to make this team and make it better but unfortunately, time has been against me.

"I've loved every minute of training with the Fiji Rugby 7's. Not only are they back to back world champions but they are a bunch of guys who have welcomed me into the team as one of their own family.

"It was hard to comprehend and understand at first why I came here? Why God put me here, but deep down I knew there was a reason and a purpose. God takes you places not so you can achieve what you set out for, but to play a part and help something greater than yourself.

"This has been an amazing journey for me and a truly humbling experience. I have learnt so much and will never forget my time with this team."

Hayne was always going to find it tough to make the cut in the world champion Fiji outfit given the short timeframe for transition.

But with his body now in better aerobic shape, a return to the Parramatta Eels looms large particularly given Kieran Foran's request for a release following his ongoing personal struggles.

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