Hayne: I will never forget my time with team
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