Monday, July 11, 2016

Jarryd Hayne on why he didn't make the Fiji 7s

Jarryd Hayne's dream of making the Fiji 7s team has ended and the former NRL/NFL star suggests a lack of time was the key reason. 

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

Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan stated “On Friday, Jarryd and I sat down for an end of camp week talk and decided that his journey towards Rio had come to an end. I explained that he has had a quite amazing few weeks and committed 100% to the programme. It’s been the most physically and mentally draining “stress cycle” I have put a Fijian squad through and not once has he shirked putting in the effort.” 

“At the start of his journey with the team I explained a few things to him. I could see immediately that he had a very good skill set and his fundamental skills were excellent and personally I just love his attitude to life” Ryan added. 

“The biggest hurdle for him was the timeframe. It was a very short runway for him to get to the fitness levels and understanding needed and go past any of our current squad members.”

“With a week to go to selection, I could see that he was not going to have enough time remaining to make the cut. I didn’t want to push him so far that I caused injury and also had no intention of putting him through another huge week when I had already decided upon his selection.” 

“As I expected, his reaction to all this was gold standard. A few more weeks and his selection decision may well have been different. If he decides to stay in Union then I have no doubt he will make a world class centre or full back. I’d recommend him highly to any organisation.” 

“The clearest signpost of the sort of bloke he is was the reaction from the rest of the squad when they found out he was leaving. He has made an indelible impression on all of them and the management. No rock star attitude. No demanding behaviour. The quote I have plagiarised from the wall of the New York Giants sums him up; Blame nobody. Expect nothing. Do something."