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Jarryd Hayne’s success is bad news for the NRL

Jarryd Hayne (without helmet) in training with the 49ers. Photo: Skysports

Jarryd Hayne (without helmet) in training with the 49ers. Photo: Skysports

Congratulations to Jarryd Hayne for surviving cut after cut and making the San Francisco 49ers’ 53-man roster.

To have the wontons to quit a successful career in the NRL, relocate to the US and succeed in making a pro football team with nothing but desire and belief is an astonishing feat.

Hayne has proved all the naysayers wrong (I was one of them) and despite the happy words from NRL HQ, the success has sent shivers down their spines.

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Aussies cheer as Hayne wins 49ers spot

Jarryd Hayne of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after their NFL pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers at Levi's Stadium last Thursdayin Santa Clara, California (AFP Photo/Ezra Shaw)

Jarryd Hayne of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after their NFL pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers at Levi’s Stadium last Thursday in Santa Clara, California (AFP Photo/Ezra Shaw)

Former Fiji Bati Jarryd Hayne was cheered by Fijians and Australians after he made the 53-man roster for the San Francisco 49ers for the 2015 season in the American National Football League.

Excitement has been building as the 27-year-old — who a year ago played his last match for Sydney-based Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League (NRL) — impressed in pre-season performances with the 49ers.

“This is a Housing Commission (public housing) kid from a single mum from Minto in Sydney, one of the poorest suburbs,” said ‎Channel Seven sports reporter Josh Massoud on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Super Bowl champs use rugby to tackle safety concerns

Coach Pete Carroll of Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks. Photo: NBC

Coach Pete Carroll of Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks. Photo: NBC

If it is “common knowledge” that rugby is the father of American football, as some claim, in the US the game can nonetheless seem more like an eager but overlooked child, jumping up and down at the back of the schoolroom, eager for rare and fleeting recognition. This week, however, rugby received a tribute straight from the top of the class.

The head coach of the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks, Pete Carroll, narrates a training video in which he explains his team’s approach to tackling and its relevance to concerns about safety in football:

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Technology could be game-changer

Can data from GPS help influence the American football season? Photo: ESPN

Can data from GPS help influence the American football season? Photo: ESPN

International scouting recently drew an NFL general manager to Melbourne, Australia, for a few days of rugby. During a lull in the action one evening, his eyes drifted to the sideline. The head coach was walking to the end of the bench, where a team employee sat holding a laptop computer. The two conferred for a moment before the coach returned to his post and ordered a series of player substitutions.

The next morning, the telephone rang in the Arizona offices of Catapult Sports, one of several Australian-based companies that compile live data on athletic exertion. The general manager was brimming with questions for Gary McCoy, the company’s senior sports scientist.

“He wanted to know,” McCoy said, “what the hell had just happened.”

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Smith returns to Sarries from NFL

Hayden Smith . . . back with the Sarries. Photo: Planet Rugby

Hayden Smith . . . back with the Sarries. Photo: Planet Rugby

Saracens have announced that former player Hayden Smith has rejoined the group after an eighteen-month stint in the NFL with the New York Jets.

The second-row made six appearances in American Football’s elite competition and is pleased to return to the Aviva Premiership league leaders.

“It’s fantastic to be back,” he told the club website.

“I learned a huge amount in the NFL, various elements that will help me become a better rugby player, but there is nothing like the Saracens environment and I am now completely focussed on working hard and helping the squad achieve all our goals.”

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Veteran sports broadcaster Pat Summerall dies at 82

Pat Summerall in a New York Giants uniform in 1960. Photo: AP

Pat Summerall in a New York Giants uniform in 1960. Photo: AP

DALLAS –  Pat Summerall was the calm alongside John Madden’s storm.

Over four decades, Summerall described some of the biggest games in America in his deep, resonant voice. Simple, spare, he delivered the details on 16 Super Bowls, the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament with a simple, understated style that was the perfect complement for the “booms!” and “bangs!” of Madden, his football partner for the last half of the NFL player-turned-broadcaster’s career.

Summerall died Tuesday at age 82 of cardiac arrest, said University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center spokesman Jeff Carlton, speaking on behalf of Summerall’s wife, Cheri.

“Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years,” Madden said in a statement. “Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be.”

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