Jarryd Hayne’s intention to play rugby union has been welcomed by Wallabies winger Rob Horne, even though his NSW Waratahs side aren’t interested in the former NRL star.
Hayne has retired from the NFL to try to make the Fijian sevens team for the Rio Olympic Games but, if successful, that would make him ineligible to play for the Wallabies.
“The more attention to rugby the better, so it’s great to have someone like that coming into our game,” Horne said.
“Sevens is a great component of our game and, the more rugby is out there, the better.”
Hayne is no certainty to make the Fijian side, which is one of the traditional forces in sevens and will be one of the medal favourites in Rio.
They sit top of the World Series standings.
Horne was non-committal about Hayne’s prospects of cracking the Fijian Olympic squad.
“Who knows? Sevens is one of those games that it’s hard to tell,” Horne said.
“They’ve obviously got an established side.
“If he gets in there and does well, you never know. Sport is a great thing.”