THE DAY HAYNE COLLAPSED
THE HAYNE PAIN: Exhausted, collapsed, vomiting and legless ... and it was only halftime
I was rooted ... I actually collapsed in the change rooms, (I was) spewing up. I was sitting there going, ‘ F — k, I could be
the first centre to get substituted.’
Jarryd Hayne collapsed after vomiting during the halftime break in his Origin return. He questioned if he could go on. His body had failed him for the first time. Exhaustion had won as he was pushed to “hell and back” during Origin I in Brisbane.
The match was Hayne’s first for NSW since returning from the NFL. And it took just 40 minutes to remind him why he considers Origin the toughest arena he has played in.
“I was rooted,” Hayne said. “I actually collapsed in the change rooms, (I was) spewing up. I was sitting there going ‘F— k, I could be the first centre to get substituted.’
“(Josh Dugan) was behind me, I’m collapsing and he was just that buggered as well that he was looking at me like a zombie. My legs just got like jelly. It was weird. I was actually walking to the bathroom, we’d sat down, we’d spoken and I was trying to get some Powerade and some water.
“I went to walk and my head started spinning, my legs started getting a bit funny. I just remember going ‘wow’.
“But you’ve just got to go out there and just keep going. You’ve got to go to hell and back, so I wasn’t really scared about it. I was fed but it is what it is.”
Blues doctor Nathan Gibbs said Hayne had taken to the field in Origin I with a severe head cold. His chest was congested and he was coughing, which contributed to his body breaking down at halftime.
“I’m quite amazed with how he played,” Gibbs said.
“We were trying to put fluids and electrolytes in him but when you’re unwell you can’t tolerate that stuff and you can sometimes vomit it back up.
“I said before the game I thought it was good karma because the year we won it in 2014 he was very unwell in game one in Queensland and he played a great game.”
Hayne has never felt exhaustion like it. He is the most capped current Blues player with 21 games, has featured in a World Cup final and a grand final. He’s has played in the NFL and on the world sevens stage, but this was different.
“I haven’t lost my legs like that at halftime, that was pretty scary,” Hayne said. “If I hadn’t put my head onto the table and crouched down I was gone. I was literally going to go. I could feel my body doing it I could feel my legs, it was like ‘far out’. It was weird.
“It’s Origin, you need to go to hell and back. You can’t be sitting there feeling sorry for yourself. You collapse, you collapse, then you get up and keep going. If you’re coming off you’re coming off on a stretcher. I’ve seen blokes go to hospital after games and being iced up and saying that they’re out for months but they turn up the next week.
“It’s just surreal. And you go away, and you watch (Origin), and you know the feeling of what people are going through. You know the feeling. As much as you miss it, you know the pain they’re going through and that’s what separates this game from any other game in the world.”
Hayne can only remember telling himself at halftime that he needed to get through another 40 minutes. And he did, scoring a try to ensure a famous NSW victory. It was Origin moments like this which Hayne missed the most during his time away.
“You go away and then come back and realise watching it on TV how much it means to you and how much you miss it,” he said.
“I remember watching it and just wishing I was out there or (wondering) if I could have an impact or not. Age as well ... I’m not getting any younger and it’s some- thing the first camp with the age of the players (I’ve realised). I think I’m the second oldest. I’ve always been the youngest.”
Two years ago, Hayne was an Origin spectator. He watched from his San Francisco home as the Blues unsuccessfully tried to retain the Origin shield as he chased his NFL dream. Hayne keeps tabs on his former 49ers teammates, speaking regularly with the likes of Reggie Bush and Kendall Gaskins. Hayne left his
American buddies in awe when he spoke of Origin.
“It was awesome I was over there telling the boys what it’s about,” he said. “And how ferocious the game is and what it’s like and showing the boys highlights. They just think we’re crazy. When we start throwing punches and that they’re just going, ‘ you can’t get any crazier, you’re already crazy.’ I was trying to say: ‘listen but, Origin is next level, it’s even beyond what you normally see in a normal game.’
“I definitely missed it and these are very special ( moments). Origin is something you dream of as a kid and it’s the biggest stage you can compete on.”
It’s Origin, you need to go to hell and back