Jarryd Hayne’s Rio Olympics dream is over, after the former NRL and NFL player received confirmation Fiji would not be selecting him in its rugby sevens squad for the upcoming Games.
Hayne left the San Francisco 49ers earlier in the year in hopes of playing at the Olympics with Fiji, but after a handful of unconvincing performances with the team failed to earn selection.
“Last Friday I had a meeting with [coach Ben Ryan] to discuss my future with the team and I was informed that my time has ended,” Hayne said in a statement 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.
“This has been an amazing journey for me and a truly humbling experience.
“I have learnt so much and will never forget my time with this team.”
Hayne’s next move is still up in the air, with a touted switch to rugby union mooted as well as a return to Parramatta, where he made his name in the NRL.
Hayne has already teased a potential stint in overseas rugby.
“I definitely like being able to travel, seeing the world,” he said in June.
“And I realise now with my skill set, it enables me to do that. Gives me a lot of options.
“I like my red wine, so maybe the south of France. But I also like sushi, so it could be Japan.”