Jarryd Hayne is a step closer to realising his Olympic dream after being named in Fiji’s 12 man squad for this weekend’s London Sevens.
The 28-year-old code hopper only landed in London on Monday, hours after quitting the NFL where he played last year as a running back for the San Francisco 49ers.
He cited the August Rio Olympics as his primary motivation for walking out on a lucrative NFL contract to link up with the world No.1 Fiji sevens side.
This weekend’s Twickenham tournament is the last on this season’s World Series circuit, and Hayne’s best opportunity to convince coach Ben Ryan he’s a worthy member of the Olympic squad.
It would mean displacing an established member of the slick Fijian unit, with only 12 players to go to Rio later this year.
Fiji only needs to make the quarter-finals in London this weekend to secure back-to-back World Series titles.
They have already won three of the nine World Series rounds to date and also boast two runners-up finishes and two third placings.
They’ve been drawn against Australia, England and Wales this in their pool this weekend.