Australian Rugby MVP Jarryd Hayne Signs With 49ers
The latest NFL talent is coming from the Land-Down-Unda! After it was thought that Australian Rugby superstar Jarryd Hayne would sign with the Detriot Lions, he inked a deal on the west coast with the San Francisco 49ers instead. He was also rumored to have been in talks with the Seattle Seahawks, after he toured their facilities.
Hayne quit his sport in October, to prepare for a possible career in the NFL. The announcement was a huge shock to the Rugby world, as the 6-foot-2, 226 pound Aussie was twice named MVP of the National Rugby League. He is widely touted as one of the most elusive players in Rugby, by reporters who follow the sport.
Veteran running back Reggie Bush has taken time to speak with Hayne about the game of football, and he believes that Hayne will make the 53-man roster.
"I'm sure he'll make it, I dont think there's any doubt in anybody's mind he'll make the roster," Bush told The Daily Telegraph of Sydney. "He has all the talents and athleticism to be able to play in this league and to be able to play at a high level in this league. I think making the team is actually the least of his worries."
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick also had high praise for the transitioning star, calling Hayne "Phenomenal". Kaepernick attested to Hayne's work ethic, commenting on his time working out with him.
Hayne is a tall running back with good hands and the ability to make catches in traffic. According to Daniel Jeremiah, of Move The Sticks, Hayne also has the skills to be a contributor on special teams:
The deal is worth a guaranteed $100,000 for Hayne. Since 49ers coach Jim Tomsula has experience working with international players, and coaching in NFL Europe, the matchup could be that much better for both parties. It is acknowledged though, that the transition from Rugby to Football is a potentially dangerous move.
Hayne will be competing with Carlos Hyde and Alfonso Smith for carries.