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Jarryd Hayne dropped from ‪Fiji 7s‬ team to Rio

Jarryd Hayne has been dropped from the Fiji 7s team to the Rio Olympic games. In a statement, Hayne said he had a meeting with 7s coach Ben Ryan to discuss his future with the team and was informed that his time with the team has ended. HAYNE: “As much as I would have loved […]

Luke Nacei

July 11, 2016 12:42 pm

Jarryd Hayne has been dropped from the Fiji 7s team to the Rio Olympic games.

In a statement, Hayne said he had a meeting with 7s coach Ben Ryan to discuss his future with the team and was informed that his time with the team has ended.

HAYNE: “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 every day and in every way possible to make this team and make it better but unfortunately, time has been against me.”

Hayne said he loved every minute of training with the team.

HAYNE: “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.”

He said that is has been an incredible journey and a humbling experience.

HAYNE: “I have learnt so much and will never forget my time with this team. I want to thank Ben and the entire coaching staff, the players and especially the fans. The support of the Fijian fans and fans around the world over the past few months has been incredible. I am mesmerised at the love and passion people have for the 7s.”

Hayne said that he would be in camp with the team until mid-week before heading back home to Sydney for some time out to determine his next steps from there.

HAYNE: “I’ll enjoy watching from afar and wish the team all the best of luck on their road to Rio. Going to miss our prayers twice a day, endless laughs and ma man Sharkie! Nothing but love for the taganes.”

In a statement, Coach Ben Ryan explained that Hayne was committed 100% to the programme.

RYAN: “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 stated that one of the biggest hurdles for Hayne was the timeframe, but he had contributed hugely to the squad’s attitude.

RYAN: “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.

The Chief Executive Officer, FRU also commended Hayne for having the courage and taking on the challenge to fight for a spot to represent Fiji in the Olympics.

The team to Rio will be announced on Saturday, 16th of July and Ryan said that after much consideration he knew that Hayne would not have had enough time to prove himself to make the selection.

Only four days remain for the announcement of the best 12 member squad which will travel to Rio Olympics, Coach Ben Ryan will be dropping a few players today.

Vodafone Fiji 7's coach Ban Ryan. (Calvin Prasad/Newswire).
Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan. (Calvin Prasad/Newswire).

Ryan earlier stated that he has been under pressure for the past few weeks in trying to identify his best men as the boys have been battling hard for their spot.

RYAN: “As soon as I stepped in to the Island the banner was there welcome home Ben and the pressure was already there. I put pressure on my self that would probably out raise pressure on anybody else yes we got some very good players and I am jumping around in my head and throwing a few balls around and seeing whats happening and I am looking here making sure that I am continuously looking at four ways to understand that.”

Competition on each player has been really tough for the past weeks in trying to book their spot in Rio.

The final 13 players that will be part of the Fiji 7s team to Rio will be announced this Saturday by Fiji Rugby Union President and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

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