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.
Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau are making an impact in rugby union. Photo: AAP
When Israel Folau was spotted having a coffee with the NRL’s head of football Todd Greenberg last week, it fuelled speculation that a return to rugby league was on the cards for the dual international.
Combined with sightings of Bulldogs coach Des Hasler at a Waratahs match – reportedly to watch Kurtley Beale play – it had the rugby union community in a slight panic, fearful they may be losing two of their biggest drawcards, and best players, to the 13 man-a-side game.
Folau hosed down any rumours on Fox Sports’ Rugby HQ on Thursday night, proclaiming the coffee was merely a chance meeting, along with highlighting the fact that it was Greenberg’s birthday and the two know each other well.