With renewed speculation that Fijian international Sevens star Jarryd Hayne would complete another code-switch, it appears as though doors will be closed in New Zealand.
Hayne is off-contract with NRL club Parramatta Eels at the end of the season, and with salary cap concerns he may have to look elsewhere. With the 2019 Rugby World Cup just around the corner, a switch to rugby would enable Hayne to be considered for Fiji, who have publicly expressed they would consider his form if he were in the game.
With New Zealand to announce Super Rugby squads next week, Hayne could fit in under the Pacific-eligible player quota for any of the squads. This, however, is shaping to be unlikely with the NZ Herald reporting there will be ‘no room’ at the Blues, and slim chances of landing at the Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders or Highlanders either.
The 30-year-old fullback is unlikely to find a home in New Zealand, and will likely have to look to France unless he is prepared to consider an Australian Super franchise.
However, a massive barrier for Hayne would be the asking price, with few Australian Super teams able to match his NRL-salary. Without being eligible for Australia, Rugby Australia wouldn’t be able to sweeten the deal with a top-up arrangement.
There have reportedly been several French rugby clubs lining up to talk with Hayne’s agent so a European move is on the cards if he is serious about playing for Fiji next year.
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