Jarryd Hayne

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Jarryd Hayne
Jarryd Hayne 2011 (cropped).jpg
No. --     San Francisco 49ers
Running Back, Return Specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[1]
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Westfields Sports High School (Sydney)
College: None
Undrafted in 2010
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Active
Personal information
Full name Jarryd Lee Hayne
Nickname Hayne Plane,[2][3] Haynesy[4][5]
Playing information
Position Fullback, Wing, Centre, Five-eighth
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–2014 Parramatta Eels 176 103 2 3 419
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–13 PM's XIII 3 6 0 0 24
2007–12 NSW City 5 3 0 0 12
2007–14 New South Wales 20 9 0 0 36
2007–13 Australia 12 11 0 0 44
2008 Fiji 4 3 0 0 12
2010–13 NRL All Stars 2 1 0 0 4
Source: [6][7]

Jarryd Lee Hayne (born 15 February 1988) is an Australian-born American football player who plays for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League (NFL). Prior to joining the NFL he played professional rugby league for the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League (NRL). He earned representative honours at All Star, State, and International levels (Australia and Fiji) throughout his rugby league career. He was awarded the Dally M Medal in 2009 and 2014 as the NRL's player of the year. In 2009 Hayne was named the best rugby league player in the world by winning the Rugby League International Federation's International Player of the Year award.


Hayne was born on 15 February 1988 in the south-western suburb of Minto in Sydney, New South Wales. He is the son of a Fijian father, Manoa, and an Australian mother, Jodie. His father played professional rugby league for South Sydney, Western Suburbs and Auckland Warriors while also representing the Fijian national rugby league team. Jarryd began playing junior rugby league for Campbelltown City, East Campbelltown and Cabramatta at the age of six. He attended school at John Warby Public School, Leumeah High and Westfields Sports High School but dropped out of high school early to pursue a career in rugby league. Hayne was a national schoolboys champion in the 100-metre hurdles without even training.[8]

Rugby league career[edit]


Hayne made his NRL début with the Eels on 19 May 2006 against the Penrith Panthers at CUA Stadium. He quickly made an impression on the competition scoring 17 tries within 16 games in his debut season.[9] This tally included a personal best of four tries against the Newcastle Knights in a 46–12 win to Parramatta.[10] His excellent try scoring ability saw him rewarded with the 2006 Dally M 'Rookie of the Year' award and a spot on the Kangaroos Squad.[11] He was also named the 2006 Parramatta Eels season's rookie of the year.

Hayne continued to impress in his second season with his talent, in which he secured representative berths in City vs Country Origin, State of Origin and played a Test match for the Kangaroos. He started the season at centre but later moved to fullback due to an injury to Luke Burt and scored 12 tries, including the winning try against the New Zealand Warriors in the First Qualifying Final of the 2007 NRL Finals series. Following Parramatta's close victory against Brisbane in July 2007, Hayne was accused of diving to impede Brisbane's momentum after a heavy hit from Sam Thaiday. Then Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett said "You talk about ethics in our sport. You talk about not laying on the ground" and then claimed Hayne should be cited for "bringing the game into disrepute." Hayne denied that he dived to deliberately impede Brisbane's momentum and claimed that he was genuinely hurt after the collision with Thaiday.It should be noted Hayne was not found guilty of any of the accusations either in a court of law or the NRL judiciary[12] In the 2007 Grand Final qualifier, Hayne was again accused of diving when he stayed down and received a penalty for a high shot. Players also accused Hayne of winking after the incident, Clint Newton saying "To lay down like he did and then get up and wink, I don't think that's in the spirit of the game. Straight after he got up, he winked at Dallas Johnson – facing us." [13] Hayne denied the accusations, saying "I don't engage in that shit, I just score tries and make people happy". On the back of his "Rookie of the Year" award winning season, and a good showing in the annual City vs Country match, Hayne was selected on the wing for New South Wales in game I of the 2007 State of Origin series. Hayne's representative career got off to an excellent start as he scored a magnificent solo try right on half-time from a Brent Tate kick. Despite this, Hayne threw a panicked pass that he thought to be a 40/20 which was intercepted by Darren Lockyer and led to an opposition try. The selectors however, kept their faith in Hayne and were rewarded when he returned a solid showing in game II, and scored a vital try in the third. Due to his prolific performances in the Origin series, Hayne was awarded the Brad Fittler Medal for NSW player of the series[14] and ultimately rewarded later in the year with the inclusion the Australian Test Squad in 2007. He debuted on the wing for Australia, scoring a solo try in Australia's record 58–0 defeat of New Zealand.

In August 2008, Hayne was named in the preliminary 46-man Kangaroos squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[15][16] Hayne was also named in the Prime Minister's XIII, scoring 2 tries against Papua New Guinea.[17] Despite playing for Australia the previous year, Hayne was named in the Fiji squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. During the Rugby League World Cup while playing for Fiji Hayne played an incredibly exciting brand of football at fullback, scoring 2 tries in the first clash against France. Hayne had an average of 4 linebreaks a game in his World Cup games for Fiji.[citation needed] Parramatta announced Hayne had signed with the club for a $2M extension. On 15 September, he was officially announced as Rugby League's fastest man, after becoming the highest placed league player in the Gatorade Bolt, although other noted league speedsters such as David Mead, Michael Jennings, Brett Stewart and Kevin Gordon did not participate.

At the start of the 2009 NRL season, Hayne played at five-eighth with very limited success. Hayne was moved back to his preferred position of fullback just before the round 8 clash with the North Queensland Cowboys. His return to form at fullback prompted Dean Ritchie of Daily Telegraph to call Jarryd Hayne "the most gifted Parramatta player since the great Brett Kenny."[18] Hayne's performances for Parramatta stepped up to another level as the 2009 season progressed. His influence on the game from fullback was lauded by many pundits as the Eels made a late season surge. From Round 19 to Round 24, he won six consecutive Man of the Match awards. He was described as "the best player in any code of football in Australia" by Phil Gould.[19] Hayne has won the Dally M Medals for Player of the Year and Fullback of the Year respectively. He became one of the youngest winners of the prestigious award and only the second fullback in history to be crowned Dally M Player of the Year. Hayne was selected for City in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.[20] Hayne's performances for NSW during the 2009 series in a losing side were spectacular. In game one he was denied a controversial try by the video referee who ruled that Hayne touched the sideline with his boot,[21] while saving NSW both in attack and defence with several important plays. In game 2 he carried NSW with a series of brilliant plays including a 90 metre "12 pointer" intercept and another try from dummy half.[22] Former Queensland players acknowledged that Hayne would be the only NSW player to make the QLD side.[23] He later credited his remarkable form to discipline learned during his time with Fiji in the 2008 World Cup.[24] Hayne escaped a grade two charge after coming into contact with the head of Bryson Goodwin, sliding in with his knees to stop Goodwin in the act of scoring a try during the Preliminary Final against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Hayne pleaded guilty to a grade one charge, however a grade two charge would have resulted in Hayne missing the 2009 NRL Grand Final.[25] Hayne ran 4,429 metres with the ball in 2009, more than any other player in the competition.[26] At the start of November 2009 while on tour with the Kangaroos, Hayne was left out as one of the six nominees for the Golden Boot Award (Best Rugby League Player in the World) despite him being the year's Dally M Medal winner, Dally M fullback of the year, NSW State of Origin player of the series, International Federation player of the year,[27] Parramatta player of the season and Rugby League Week player of the year in 2009. That award went to Melbourne Storm Greg Inglis.[28] He was named the Fiji Bati player of the year for 2009.[29] Jarryd Hayne's performance for the Parramatta Eels in the 2009 grand final against the Melbourne Storm was largely viewed in Australian and New Zealand media as disappointing. Journalist Josh Massoud, writing for The Daily Telegraph wrote, "For reasons only known to the God he recently discovered, Eels superstar Hayne failed to contest the ball." Prior to the game the media focused much on Hayne's match-up with the incumbent Australian, Queensland and Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater which was touted as "one of the most anticipated individual match-ups in Grand Final history". Phil Gould said " Hayne was just shut out of the game, his performance wasn't actually that bad".

Hayne's 2009 season has since been described as one of the greatest individual seasons in Australian rugby league history.[30]


For the 2010 ANZAC Test, Hayne was selected to play for Australia on the wing in their victory against New Zealand. In 2010, Hayne was named and played for the NSW Blues in all three losing matches in the 2010 State of Origin series against the Queensland Maroons.

In 2011, Hayne was controversially not named in the NSW Blues side for Game 1, which they lost. However, he returned to the side in Game Two, helping them win 18 - 8. He also played in the deciding Game 3, this time in the centres. To the surprise of many, Hayne's long kicking ability was utilised by the Blues, in an effort to stop the ensuing Queensland attack. Despite losing, Hayne made two line breaks, and scored one try. He also had the second highest run metres for NSW (156m) behind Paul Gallen (160m). He is likely to have played on the wing for Australia following the 2011 season, but was not selected due to injury.

Hayne was selected to play on the wing for New South Wales in all three games of the 2012 State of Origin series which was again won by Queensland

Being named as co-captain of Parramatta in 2013, Hayne has had an impressive season, particularly with regards to his goal line defence. This earned him a call up for New South Wales in the first game of the 2013 Origin Series at his preferred position of fullback after incumbent Brett Stewart was injured. Hayne scored the first try of the series for NSW and was instrumental once again in the victory. Hayne was named at centre by Australian coach Tim Sheens for the Kangaroos' world cup campaign. He scored two tries against Ireland before becoming the sixth Australian to score four tries in a world cup match when he crossed the line four times against the U.S.A Tomahawks in Australia's 62-0 win. Only a week later Hayne scored three tries and set up two in Australia's 64-0 win over Fiji to make himself the competition's lead try scorer. Hayne continued his freakish run of form in the Grand Final match against New Zealand, after almost being knocked unconscious inside the game's first five minutes. Hayne went on to produce two remarkable try assists for winger Brett Morris, being named Australia's joint players-player alongside Johnathan Thurston. Hayne's world cup campaign was hailed as freakish by fellow Kangaroos', Brett Morris declaring that "If there was a Harlem Globetrotters of rugby league, he'd be in it. To play outside him for the last couple of weeks is something I'll remember."[31]

In 2014 Jarryd Hayne started the season with his most consistent display of rugby league, leading the Dally M medal rankings after 10 Rounds. He was selected for New South Wales in his favoured fullback position for Game One of the 2014 State of Origin series. He produced a man of the match performance, setting up one try and scoring one to deliver New South Wales a 12-8 win in Brisbane and a 1-0 series lead. During the annual 2014 players poll, where 100 players from the 16 clubs are interviewed, Hayne was voted as 'best in the game,' the first NSW player since Andrew Johns won the honour in 2006. In Round 22 of the season, playing against the Canberra Raiders, Hayne scored another 50m solo try to bring up his 100th career try. He became only the third player behind Luke Burt and Brett Kenny to score 100 tries for Parramatta. In Round 23 of the season Hayne topped his 2006 try scoring effort, reaching his 18th for the season against the Bulldogs. Hayne finished the season as the NRL's leading try-scorer with 20 for the season. On 29 September 2014, on the Dally M Awards night, Hayne and North Queensland Queensland Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston were the joint winners of the 2014 Dally M Player of the Year Award after the most thrilling countdown in the award's history.[32] For Hayne, it is his second Dally M Player of the Year award following his win in 2009 and also claimed the Fullback of the Year and Best Representative Player awards, respectively.[33]



  • 2006: Dally M Rookie of the Year
  • 2007: Dally M Winger of the Year
  • 2009: Dally M Fullback of the Year
  • 2009: Dally M Player of the Year
  • 2009: RLIF International Player of the Year[34]
  • 2014: Top Tryscorer of the Year (20)
  • 2014: Brad Fittler Medal winner
  • 2014: Dally M Fullback of the Year
  • 2014: Dally M Representative Player of the Year
  • 2014: Dally M Player of the Year

Parramatta Eels[edit]


Change of sports[edit]

In 2009, it was reported that the new Western Sydney franchise in the Australian Football League had offered Hayne a contract worth $1.5 million a year to quit rugby league and take up Australian rules football.[35] On 17 December 2009, Hayne announced he would remain in the National Rugby League by re-signing with Parramatta for a further four years. The deal was reportedly worth $500,000 a year.[36] He was also reportedly chased by several rugby union teams at the time.

In 2011, at 23 years of age, Hayne intended to quit rugby league to pursue his dream of playing in the National Football League via the American collegiate system. Failure to complete 12th grade in high school meant Hayne was ineligible to play College football in the United States.[37] In 2013, he organised two American football training sessions with college team UTS between the 2013 NRL season and the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. He also requested for Gridiron Australia to organise an open trial with an NFL franchise but his commitments to the Australian national rugby league team during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup prohibited him from pursuing his dream.[38] In June 2014, NFL star Reggie Bush viewed Hayne's rugby league highlights tape and commented "He actually looks like an NFL running back. Looks like he could come play with us tomorrow."[39] On 15 October 2014, Hayne announced during a press conference that he would be departing rugby league in pursuit of a career in the NFL.[40] His departure follows the loss of stars Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Burgess from the NRL to rugby union also after the end of the 2014 season.[41]

NFL career[edit]

On the 3 March 2015, the San Francisco 49ers announced it had signed undrafted free agent Hayne to a three-year contract with a $100,000 guarantee.[42]


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Preceded by
Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm, Queensland & Australia)
RLIF International Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Todd Carney (Sydney Roosters and Australia)