Hayne revealed today he’d been told by coach Ben Wright he wouldn’t make the Games squad and he will now return to Sydney this week to consider his sporting future.
“I used all my experience as a professional athlete and have tried every day and in every way possible to make this team and make it better but unfortunately, time has been against me,” Hayne said in a statement on Facebook.
The former NRL superstar had only shifted to rugby sevens in a bid to play at next month’s Rio Games after quitting the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers in May.
He linked with the Fiji squad and made his debut in the final sevens World Series round in London, playing only limited minutes as they clinched the world title, before attempting to further his claims at their pre-Games training camp.
“As much as I would have loved to go to Rio, I too knew I wasn’t ready yet,” Hayne said.
“During my time with the team, I pushed my body above and beyond.”
Hayne’s non-selection will heighten speculation about the two-time Dally M medallist’s possible return to the NRL.
Kieran Foran’s reported request to exit Parramatta would open up the salary cap space required at Hayne’s former club and coach Brad Arthur has already stated his interest.
“We’ve said all along if Jarryd wanted to come back to our club we’d only be too happy to take him,” Arthur told Triple M on Saturday.
Former code hopper Lote Tuqiri, who spent eight seasons in union before returning to league, backed the 28-year-old’s possible successful to return to the NRL.
“If he comes back, he’ll brain them again I think … As a back it’s a lot easier than a forward,” he told Fox Sports.
Hayne has also been linked to a move to 15-a-side rugby union, in either Europe or Australia, and Super Rugby’s NSW Waratahs indicated they would be interested in signing him.
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