Sevens

World Rugby: Hayne is eligible for Fiji 7s

World Rugby has clarified the eligibility position regarding the announcement and speculations regarding Jarryd Hayne’s availability under ‘Regulation 21’ to play sevens. According to World Rugby, Hayne would be eligible to play in the London 7s subject to all other regulatory and registration matters being met. In a statement: WORLD RUGBY: “He would also be […]

Peni Shute

May 17, 2016 6:17 am

World Rugby has clarified the eligibility position regarding the announcement and speculations regarding Jarryd Hayne’s availability under ‘Regulation 21’ to play sevens.

Jarryd Hayne. (Fox Sports)
Jarryd Hayne. (Fox Sports)

According to World Rugby, Hayne would be eligible to play in the London 7s subject to all other regulatory and registration matters being met.

In a statement:

WORLD RUGBY: “He would also be immediately included in World Rugby’s pre-Rio 2016 risk-based testing programme, which since January 2016 has included a comprehensive programme of targeted in and out of competition blood and urine testing on players likely to compete in Rio.”

“World Rugby is committed to the highest-possible anti-doping standards. The WADA-compliant World Rugby Regulation 21 mirrors the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations.”

“It does not require a player to be included in a testing pool for a defined period of time prior to selection if they are being selected for international competition for the first time. This position is entirely consistent with World Rugby’s approach to other cross-over athletes, including other ex-NFL athletes coming into rugby.”

The pre-Games programme also includes regular additional screening for substances such as ESAs and human growth hormone, and both steroidal and haematological athlete biological profiling.

The former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) has thrown a spanner in the works of Jarryd Hayne’s plans to play Olympic rugby sevens for Fiji, saying the departing NFL convert may not even be eligible for Rio.

Former ASADA chief Richard Ings said Hayne was unlikely to play any professional sport, including rugby sevens, due to his time with the non-WADA compliant NFL.

Ings also tweeted at the official account of the World Rugby Sevens series, calling on the organisation to veto Hayne’s move given he had not undergone the requisite six months of RTP (registered testing pool) testing.

Coach Ben Ryan has responded to Ings’ tweets.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code is a document that harmonizes anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sports organizations and among public authorities around the world.

Questions have been sent to the Fiji Rugby Union.

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne will travel to London on Monday to join up with the Fiji Sevens side after the NFL announced his contract has ended with the San Francisco 49ers.

Jarryd Hayne will travel to London on Monday to join up with the Fiji Sevens side ahead of the series finale at Twickenham.

The former NRL star and San Francisco 49ers running back will join Ben Ryan’s side on Monday when series leaders Fiji land in London for the 10th and final round of the 2015-16 season.

HAYNE: “I am retiring from the NFL because the Fiji Rugby Sevens team reached out to me about the opportunity to join the team for the upcoming Olympics, and I simply could not pass that chance up. The Olympics has been something I have admired since I was a little boy, and it is an opportunity I feel very similar to me joining the NFL.”

Having taken a step closer to a second successive HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with their performance in Paris, coach Ben Ryan told World Rugby that he is looking to further his options before naming the squad for the final round at Twickenham and also for the Olympic Games in August.

RYAN: “I’ve had a few conversations with Jarryd and followed his career in the NRL in Australia, in the Bati with Fiji, and more recently with the NFL as a running back for the 49ers.”

“His got a taste for sevens when he was with the boys in Sydney and that sowed a few seeds, and that has just got bigger. He has had a chat with the 49ers and his agent, and I have with everybody else to make sure he is on our accreditation list and to ensure he ticks our boxes, he is a Fijian passport holder, all those sorts of things.”

“I have no promises he is going to make the 12, but we will see how he goes. He will then come into Fijian camp for the Olympic period. It is a huge challenge for Jarryd but if he gets into the squad it is only going to be on form, because he is a blinding rugby player. If he doesn’t make it, is just shows how good this Fijian sevens side is.”

“It is a no lose situation for me. It is no lose for Jarryd either, he gets himself into the possibility of being a part of this journey, and the boys are all going to learn off him as well. He comes in with an A but it is up to him to hang onto that, it’s really exciting and really what the Olympics is all about.”

Hayne made 176 appearances for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL before making the move to the NFL and has represented both Australia and Fiji at Rugby League World Cups in 2013 and 2008 respectively.

The running back has been released by San Francisco ahead of the London Sevens and the road to Rio. Rugby sevens makes its debut in the Olympic Games this August in Rio. A squad of 24 will assemble in June for Fiji’s training camp before the coach name’s a final 12.

RYAN: “I think any coach would say they’d happily take my job. It is a good challenge to have. I want to create this depth and I like to be challenged, you don’t just want to keep skating along. I want someone to come in, who is going to see things differently, I am going to have to make Jarryd is up to speed and I haven’t fogotten things.”

“The camp will be like Britain’s Got Talent or the X Factor, boys are going to get chopped until we get down to 12, it will be like a shootout. All these stars are going to be back, everyone will be fighting hard. I have seen a glimpse of it this week, there is no space to play the competition is so high, it’s always at 110%. We are going to have that for six or seven weeks. I need to get that balance right, but I will stay true to my values and pick on form.”

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