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Jarryd Hayne
Jarryd Hayne (10 August 2008).jpg
Hayne while playing for Parramatta in 2008
Personal information
Full name Jarryd Lee Hayne
Nickname Jazz
Born 15 February 1988 (1988-02-15) (age 22)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Centre, Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006– Parramatta Eels 85 49 2 1 201
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–09 City Origin 3 2 0 0 8
2007–09 New South Wales 8 5 0 0 20
2007–09 Australia 5 2 0 0 8
2008 Fiji 4 3 0 0 12
2010 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
Source: NRL Stats, Rugby League Project

Jarryd Lee Hayne (born 15 February 1988) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Parramatta Eels of the NRL. A New South Wales State of Origin and Australian and Fiji international representative winger, he has played his entire NRL career to date with Parramatta, with whom he got to the 2009 Telstra Premiership Grand Final. Also in 2009 he won the Dally M Medal for the NRL's player of the year. Hayne is the son of former first grader Manoa Thompson and Jodie Hayne.

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NRL career

Jarryd Hayne started his career playing rugby league at his local club the Cabramatta Two Blues at the age of 6. He went to school at Leumeah High and Westfields Sports High. Hayne is said to be the best footballer of 2009 and he made his first grade debut with the Eels on 19 May, 2006 against the Penrith Panthers at CUA Stadium. He quickly made an impression on the competition scoring 17 tries within 16 games in his debut season.[1] This tally included a personal best of four tries against the Newcastle Knights in a 46-12 win to Parramatta.[2] His excellent try scoring ability saw him rewarded with the 2006 Dally M 'Rookie of the Year' award and a spot on the Kangaroos Squad.[3] Hayne continued to impress in his second season with his talent, in which he secured representative berths in City vs Country Origin, State of Origin and played a Test match for the Kangaroos. He spent most of the season at centre due to injury to Luke Burt and scored 12 tries, including the winning try against the New Zealand Warriors in the First Qualifying Final of the 2007 NRL Finals series.
Parramatta announced Hayne had signed with the club for a $2M extension.

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2009 Rugby League Season

At the start of the 2009 season, Hayne played at five-eighth with very limited success. Hayne was moved back to his preferred position of fullback just before the round 8 clash with the North Queensland Cowboys. His return to form at fullback prompted Dean Ritchie of the Daily Telegraph to call Jarryd Hayne "the most gifted Parramatta player since the great Brett Kenny."[4]

Hayne's performances for Parramatta stepped up to another level as the 2009 season progressed. His influence on the game from fullback was lauded by many pundits as the Eels made a late season surge. He was described as "the best player in any code of football in Australia" by Phil Gould [5].

Hayne has won the Dally M Medals for Player of the Year and Fullback of the Year respectively. He became one of the youngest winners of the prestigious award and only the second fullback in history to be crowned Dally M Player of the Year.

Hayne escaped a grade two charge after accidentally coming into contact with the head of Bryson Goodwin in the act of scoring a try during the Preliminary Final against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Hayne pleaded guilty to a grade one charge, however a grade two charge would have resulted in Hayne missing the 2009 NRL Grand Final.

At the start of November 2009 while on tour with the Kangaroos, Hayne was controversially left out as one of the six nominees for the Golden Boot Award (Best Rugby League Player in the World) despite him being the year's Dally M Medal winner, Dally M fullback of the year, NSW State of Origin player of the series, International Federation player of the year, Parramatta player of the season and Rugby League Week player of the year.

Personal Life

Diving accusations

Following Parramatta's close victory against Brisbane in July 2007, Hayne was accused of diving to impede Brisbane's momentum after a heavy hit from Sam Thaiday. Then Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett said "You talk about ethics in our sport. You talk about not laying on the ground" and then claimed Hayne should be cited for "bringing the game into disrepute." Hayne denied that he dived to deliberately impede Brisbane's momentum and claimed that he was genuinely hurt after the collision with Thaiday.[6]

In the 2007 Grand Final qualifier, Hayne was again accused of diving when he stayed down and received a penalty for a high shot. Players accused Hayne of winking after the incident, Clint Newton saying "To lay down like he did and then get up and wink, I don't think that's in the spirit of the game. Straight after he got up, he winked at Dallas Johnson -- facing us." [7] Hayne denied the accusations, saying "I don't engage in that shit, I just score tries and make people happy".

Representative career

On the back of his Dally M Award winning season, and a good showing in the annual City vs Country match, Hayne was selected on the wing for New South Wales in game I of the 2007 State of Origin series. Hayne's representative career got off to an excellent start as he scored a magnificent solo try right on half-time from a Brent Tate kick. Despite this, Hayne threw a panicked pass that he thought to be a 40/20 which was intercepted by Darren Lockyer and led to an opposition try. The selectors however, kept their faith in Hayne and were rewarded when he returned a solid showing in game II, and scored a vital try in the third. Due to his prolific performances in the Origin series, Hayne was awarded the Brad Fittler Medal for NSW player of the series[8] and ultimately rewarded later in the year with the inclusion the Australian Test Squad in 2007. He debuted on the wing for Australia, scoring a solo try in Australia's record 58-0 defeat of New Zealand.

In August, 2008, Hayne was named in the preliminary 46-man Kangaroos squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.[9][10] Hayne was also named in the Prime Minister's XIII, scoring 2 tries against Papua New Guinea.[11]

Despite playing for Australia the previous year, Hayne was named in the Fiji squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. During the Rugby League World Cup while playing for Fiji Hayne played an incredibly exciting brand of football at fullback, scoring 2 tries in the first clash against France. Hayne had an average of 4 linebreaks a game in his World Cup games for Fiji.[citation needed]

Hayne was selected for City in the City vs Country match on 8 May 2009.[12]

Hayne's performances for NSW during the 2009 series in a losing side were spectacular. In game one he was denied a controversial try by the video referee who ruled that Hayne touched the sideline with his boot[13], while saving NSW both in attack and defence with several important plays. In game 2 he carried NSW with a series of brilliant plays including a 90 metre "12 pointer" intercept and another try from dummy half.[14] Former Queensland players acknowledged that Hayne would be the only NSW player to make the QLD side.[15] He later credited his remarkable form to discipline learned during his time with Fiji in the 2008 World Cup.[16]. It is also at this time that Hayne discovered Christianity and has credited his faith for enabling him to reach the next level as a player, "I think the way I'm playing is a reflection of going to church and putting a lot of faith in God". Currently, Hayne attends the Hillsong Church and regularly meets up with the fellow congregation during weekly connect group meetings[17].

2009 NRL Grand Final

Jarryd Hayne's performance for the Parramatta Eels in the 2009 grand final against the Melbourne Storm was largely viewed in Australian and New Zealand media as disappointing. Journalist Josh Massoud, writing for the The Daily Telegraph wrote, "For reasons only known to the God he recently discovered, Eels superstar Hayne failed to contest the ball.". Prior to the game the media focused much on Hayne's match-up with the incumbent Australian, Queensland and Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater which was touted as "one of the most anticipated individual match-ups in Grand Final history". It is generally conceived that Slater outplayed Hayne in the grand final, with the Storm fullback named as the Clive Churchill medallist[18].

Off the field

Hayne was involved in a shooting incident in Kings Cross in the early hours of 3 March, 2008. Hayne and two team-mates were reported to have been shot at while walking along Ward Avenue. No one was injured in the incident.[19]

Honours

Individual

  • 2006: Dally M Rookie of the Year
  • 2007: Dally M Winger of the Year
  • 2009: Dally M Fullback of the Year
  • 2009: Dally M Player of the Year
  • 2009: RLIF International Player of the Year[20]

Paramatta Eels

Representative

References

  1. ^ Rugby League Tables / Jarryd Hayne Rleague. Retrieved 8 December 2007.
  2. ^ Runaway Hayne leaves the past to the historians Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 December 2007
  3. ^ Hayne grabs rookie honour OneSport. Retrieved 8 December 2007
  4. ^ "Play Jarryd Hayne at fullback for Origin". Daily Telegraph. 2009-06-28. http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/sport/nrl/story/0,26799,25702966-5006066,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  5. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/news/lhqnews/phil-gould/2009/08/22/1250362254874.html
  6. ^ Bennett Accuses Hayne of Diving Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 September 2007
  7. ^ Victors Dub Wink a 'Low Act'. Herald Sun, Retrieved 3 October 2007
  8. ^ Carr, Geoff (2007). "Australian Rugby Football League Annual Report 2007" (pdf). Australian Rugby League Limited. pp. 7. http://www.australianrugbyleague.com.au/files/ARL_2007_Annrep_1.pdf. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  9. ^ Liam FitzGibbon (2008-08-01). "Surprises in Kangaroos squad". "Fox Sports News (Australia)". http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,24111780-23214,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  10. ^ "Veteran Lockyer named in Australian squad". International Herald Tribune. 2008-08-01. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/08/01/sports/AS-RGL-Australia-Squad.php. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  11. ^ PM'S XIII 53 V PNG 30
  12. ^ Balym, Todd (2009-05-03). "Blues halfback duel in two as Mitchell Pearce misses selection". Fox Sports. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,25422326-5016947,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  13. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/04/2589601.htm
  14. ^ http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sport/nrl/story/0,27074,25687357-14823,00.html
  15. ^ http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/greats-praise-honorary-queenslander-hayne-20090628-d0oo.html
  16. ^ http://www.leaguehq.com.au/news/lhqnews/haynes-pacific-solution/2009/06/23/1245522833953.html
  17. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/news/lhqnews/from-the-cross-to-the-flock/2009/09/03/1251570800005.html?page=2
  18. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/billy-slater-show-hes-still-no-1/story-e6frexnr-1225782745178
  19. ^ "Hayne in drive-by shooting". Fox Sports News (Australia). 2008-03-03. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,23309427-23214,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  20. ^ "Hayne anointed world's best". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-11-10. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/10/2738265.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 

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