This may just be the “feel good” story of the preseason, as former Australian rugby player Jarryd Hayne, 27, announced via Twitter moments ago that he has made the final cut. He’s now a member of the San Francisco 49ers 53-man roster:
Hayne, a running back, quickly became a fan-favorite this preseason after showing off his power, speed and toughness this preseason with plenty of impressive runs. He’s currently listed on the depth chart behind Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter, but there’s no doubt first-year head coach Jim Tomsula will give Hayne the opportunity to make plays this season.
Hayne’s rugby career began in 2006, at the age of 18, and his list of accomplishments/accolades within the sport is rather long. He’s the 2009 Rugby League International Federation’s Player of the Year winner, and is a two-time Dally M Medal winner (2009 and ’14).
Though transitioning from rugby to American football is a challenge, Hayne’s transition seems to be going rather well so far, wouldn’t you say?
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