As Australia woke today, positive news came from across the globe with ex-rugby player Jarryd Hayne having survived the first round of brutal cuts from the NFL pre-season selection.
It’s no easy feat and the proof is in the numbers with the San Francisco 49ers needing to cut 14 players from its 89-man roster before their next trial clash with the Sand Diego Chargers this Friday (AEST time). Hayne currently sits within the team’s top 75 players and his Head Coach Jim Tomsula has already expressed his approval towards the Aussie’s performance, naming him in Monday’s main squad.
“I’m pretty confident in Jarryd’s abilty to field the ball,” Tomsula told the press.
“I’ve watched a ton of tape of him fielding a rugby ball. I’ve seen him in practice, and in game situations.”
“I feel very good about his ability to field. I feel good about his ability to perform with ball in his hands on special teams. The tackling, coverage part, I’ve seen lot of improvement. I’ve seen what I need to see. There’s been a great evaluation on him.”
For now the 49ers are still uncertain as to how many running backs they will have on the final roster, so Hayne still has a lot of work ahead of him if he’s to reach the ultimate goal.
Such is the cut-throat nature of NFL that those from different disciplines of sport are often welcomed to try, but very quickly expelled if they do not develop the craft fast enough.
Jarryd Hayne is not immune to this just as former British Olympic discus thrower Lawrence Okoye found out – he was amongst the first 10 players to be shown the door by the 49ers in today’s round of roster cuts.