Hayne Considering Fiji Return

JARRYD HAYNE has given the biggest indication to date that he is likely to turn out for Fiji Bati in the Rugby League World Cup. 

Hayne played for New South Wales in Origin 2017 but has previously played for Fiji and told the NRL’s website that he was planning around returning to the Bati in the autumn.

“Australia has got a ton of talent, a lot of guys younger than me. It’s obviously up to the coach but for me I’m probably looking forward to playing with Fiji at the moment, knowing how much talent and depth Australia’s got” he said.

“It’s definitely something that I look forward to. It’s been great for me to play for Australia and Fiji, it’s been awesome.”

Hayne played for Fiji in the 2008 tournament before winning the 2013 edition with the Kangaroos. He also tried out for Fiji’s Olympic Gold Medal winning 7s squad for Rio 2016.

Hayne would be able to take advantage of a change in eligibility rules that has been enacted in recent years. Players with dual heritage can put themselves forward for a Tier One nation – England, New Zealand or Australia – and then if not selected, play for a pre-nominated Tier Two or Three nation.

An Origin-eligible player, such as Hayne, can remain available for Australia until their squad is picked, before switching to Fiji if not included.

Samoa, for example, picked Josh McGuire and Anthony Milford for their clash with England in May, before both players were called up to play for Queensland. In all likelihood, both will again turn out for Samoa in the World Cup.

Related articles



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share article

Latest articles

From the Couch: Round 13 by Nick Tedeschi

Bad Clubs Make Bad Decisions: The New Zealand Warriors have really fucked it up. The new Warriors owner called it “the best thing to...

Welsh Euro XIIIs side will play no home games, says WRL boss

By STEVE MASCORD WALES’ team in the contentious Euro XIIIs rugby league competition next year will not play any games at home, according to the...

From The Couch: Round 12 by Nick Tedeschi

From The Couch: Round 12 Gus Help Not Needed: PVL does not pull the wrong rein too often. He absolutely has with his attempts to...

From The Coach’s Office: The things that matter in our sport

By LEE ADDISON INSTEAD of just writing about coaching and footy in general I also still do plenty of coaching, so I’m not just all...

From The Couch: Round 11 by Nick Tedeschi

From The Couch: Round 11 Sonny Bill Will Blow If He Is Not Banned For Life As He Should Be: The world has in some...


Subscribe to stay updated.

WP to LinkedIn Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com