WORLD RUGBY ON HAYNE

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

World Rugby notes the an­nounce­ment that Jar­ryd Hayne wishes to pur­sue new sport­ing chal­lenges with the Fiji rugby sev­ens team and has moved to ad­dress spec­u­la­tion re­gard­ing the player’s avail­abil­ity un­der Reg­u­la­tion 21 to play sev­ens. World Rugby is com­mit­ted to the high­est-pos­si­ble anti-dop­ing stan­dards. The WADA-com­pli­ant World Rugby Reg­u­la­tion 21 mir­rors the re­quire­ments of the World Anti-Dop­ing Code and the WADA In­ter­na­tional Stan­dard for Test­ing and In­ves­ti­ga­tions. It does not re­quire a player to be in­cluded in a test­ing pool for a de­fined pe­riod of time prior to se­lec­tion if they are be­ing se­lected for in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for the first time. This po­si­tion is en­tirely con­sis­tent with World Rugby’s ap­proach to other cross-over ath­letes, in­clud­ing other ex-NFL ath­letes com­ing into rugby. There­fore, Hayne would be el­i­gi­ble for the Lon­don round of the HSBC World Rugby Sev­ens Se­ries sub­ject to all other reg­u­la­tory and reg­is­tra­tion mat­ters be­ing met. He would also be im­me­di­ately in­cluded in World Rugby’s pre-Rio 2016 risk-based test­ing pro­gramme.

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