Hayne: I will never for­get my time with team

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Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s squad mem­ber Jar­ryd Hayne said time was against him in pre­par­ing for the Rio Olympics next month.

Hayne was the first player out of the 23-mem­ber squad to be dropped be­fore Coach Ben Ryan an­nounces the 13 play­ers on Satur­day. “Last Fri­day I had a meet­ing with Ben to dis­cuss my fu­ture with the team and I was in­formed that my time has ended,”Hayne said.

“As much as I would have loved to go to Rio, I too knew I wasn’t ready yet. Dur­ing my time with the team, I pushed my body above and beyond. I used all my ex­pe­ri­ence as a pro­fes­sional ath­lete and have tried ev­ery day and in ev­ery way pos­si­ble to make this team and make it bet­ter but un­for­tu­nately, time has been against me.

“I’ve loved ev­ery minute of train­ing with the Fi­jian rugby sev­ens. Not only are they back-to-back world cham­pi­ons but they are a bunch of guys who have wel­comed me into the team as one of their own fam­ily. “It was hard to com­pre­hend and un­der­stand at first why I came here? “Why God put me here, but deep down I knew there was a rea­son and a pur­pose. God takes you places not so you can achieve what you set out for, but to play a part and help some­thing greater than your­self. “This has been an amaz­ing journey for me and a truly hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence. I have learnt so much and will never for­get my time with this team. I want to thank Ben and the en­tire coach­ing staff, the play­ers and es­pe­cially the fans. The sup­port of the Fi­jian fans and fans around the world over the past few months has been in­cred­i­ble. I’m mes­merised at the love and pas­sion peo­ple have for 7s.

“For now, I’ll be in camp with the team un­til mid-week be­fore head­ing back home to Syd­ney for some time out and will de­ter­mine my next step from there. I’ll en­joy watch­ing from afar and wish the team all the best of luck on their road to Rio. Go­ing to miss our prayers twice a day, end­less laughs and ma man Sharkie! Noth­ing but love for the taganes. MOCE.” Source: Jar­ryd Hayne So­cial Me­dia Post

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