Jarryd Hayne named in Fiji Sevens squad

Jaayd Hayne. Photo / AP
Jaayd Hayne. Photo / AP

Jarryd Hayne is a step closer to realising his Olympic dream after being named in Fiji's 12 man squad for this weekend's London Sevens.

Hayne has been named in Fiji's squad for the London Sevens, despite only landing in London on Monday, hours after quitting the NFL where he played last year as a running back for the San Francisco 49ers.

He cited the August Rio Olympics as his primary motivation for walking out on a lucrative NFL contract to link up with the world No.1 Fiji sevens side.

Fiji can wrap up the sevens World Series by getting through to the Cup quarter-final in London, and coach Ben Ryan has opted for Hayne in his squad.

This weekend's Twickenham tournament is the last on this season's World Series circuit, and Hayne's best opportunity to convince Ryan he's a worthy member of the Olympic squad.

It would mean displacing an established member of the slick Fijian unit, with only 12 players to go to Rio later this year.

Fiji only needs to make the quarter-finals in London this weekend to secure back-to-back World Series titles.

They have already won three of the nine World Series rounds to date and also boast two runners-up finishes and two third placings.

Fiji face a tough pool with games against England, Wales and Australia before Rio Olympic preparation begins.

They've been drawn against Australia, England and Wales this in their pool this weekend.

Fiji Sevens Squad: Apisai Domolailai, Jasa Veremalua, Waisea Nayacalevu, Isake Katonibau, Viliame Mata, Amenoni Nasilasila, Osea Kolinisau ©, Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Seremaia Tuwai, Kitione Dawai, Samisoni Viriviri, Jarryd Hayne.

- With AAP

- NZ Herald

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