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Former NFL player Jarryd Hayne could now be set for a move to Super Rugby

Hayne, who played for the San Francisco 49ers last season, is currently with the Fiji sevens squad.

Code-hopper Jarryd Hayne
Code-hopper Jarryd Hayne

NSW WARATAHS COACH Daryl Gibson has revealed that they are “definitely interested” in signing code-hopping star Jarryd Hayne.

The future of former San Francisco 49ers running-back Hayne — who played eight times for the NFL franchise last year — is uncertain as he attempts to earn Olympic Games selection for Fiji’s sevens squad.

A return to rugby league and NRL, where he received two Dally M Medals during his eight years with Parramatta Eels, has been mooted, but a switch to rugby union and Super Rugby could also be on the cards.

“He’s a talented player… he’s one hell of a player and I think we’d be definitely interested. Everything is depending on our salary cap, of course,” Gibson said.

“Most of the top 20 or 30 players — I don’t know the absolute numbers — but certainly the players are topped up to some degree so 100% [a Super Rugby club could afford him].

“His commercial value… I’m sure the ARU (Australian Rugby Union) would be keen to maximise that and get the best players playing our code.”

Reports from down under suggest that the ARU “has had more than one meeting with the 28-year-old’s management in the past fortnight to try and gauge his interest in playing the 15-a-side game for a Super Rugby franchise”.

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