92 Facts About Jarryd Hayne


Jarryd Lee Hayne was born on 1988 and is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and convicted rapist who briefly played American football and rugby union sevens.


Jarryd Hayne won the Dally M Medal in 2009 and 2014 as the league's player of the year, and the Rugby League International Federation's International Player of the Year award in 2009.


Jarryd Hayne represented Australia at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, and his father's native Fiji at the 2008 and 2017 tournaments when not selected for Australia.


Jarryd Hayne attracted significant attention when he made the switch from one of the NRL's top players to a rookie with the San Francisco 49ers in the 2015 NFL season.


Jarryd Hayne was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in 1988.


Jarryd Hayne is the son of a Fijian father, Manoa Thompson, and an Australian mother, Jodie Hayne.


Jarryd Hayne's father played professional rugby league for South Sydney, Western Suburbs and the Auckland Warriors while representing Fiji.


Jarryd Hayne was one of three children raised by his single mother, and grew up in a red-brick Campbelltown housing-commission house in Minto.


In early life, Jarryd Hayne took up athletics winning multiple titles.


Jarryd Hayne still holds the under 8- and under 9-year-old Public School Sports Association 100 metre records.


Jarryd Hayne competed in Little Athletics until under 15 age group.


Jarryd Hayne attended school at John Warby Public School, Leumeah High and Westfields Sports High School but dropped out of high school early to pursue a career in rugby league.


Jarryd Hayne began playing junior rugby league for Campbelltown City, East Campbelltown and Cabramatta at the age of six.


Jarryd Hayne made his NRL debut with the Parramatta Eels at 18 years of age on 19 May 2006 against the Penrith Panthers at CUA Stadium.


Jarryd Hayne's excellent try scoring ability saw him rewarded with the 2006 Dally M 'Rookie of the Year' award and a spot on the Kangaroos Squad.


Jarryd Hayne was named the 2006 Parramatta Eels season's rookie of the year.


Jarryd Hayne started the season at centre but later moved to fullback due to an 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.


You talk about not laying [sic] on the ground" and then claimed Jarryd Hayne should be cited for "bringing the game into disrepute.


Jarryd Hayne was never found guilty of any wrongdoing by the NRL Judiciary.


Parramatta announced Jarryd Hayne had signed with the club for a $2M extension.


At the start of the 2009 NRL season, Jarryd Hayne played at five-eighth with very limited success.


Jarryd Hayne was moved back to his preferred position of fullback just before the round 8 clash with the North Queensland Cowboys.


Jarryd Hayne was described as "the best player in any code of football in Australia" by Phil Gould.


Jarryd Hayne has won the Dally M Medals for Player of the Year and Fullback of the Year respectively.


Jarryd Hayne 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.


Jarryd Hayne escaped a grade two charge after coming into contact with the head of Bryson Goodwin, sliding in with his knees to stop Goodwin in the act of scoring a try during the Preliminary Final against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.


Jarryd Hayne pleaded guilty to a grade one charge, however a grade two charge would have resulted in Jarryd Hayne missing the 2009 NRL Grand Final.


Jarryd Hayne ran 4,429 metres with the ball in 2009, more than any other player in the competition.


In 2009, Jarryd Hayne was the 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, Fiji Bati player of the year and Rugby League Week player of the year.


Phil Gould said "Jarryd Hayne was just shut out of the game, his performance wasn't actually that bad".


Jarryd Hayne scored the first try of the series for NSW and was instrumental in their only victory of the series.


In 2014 Jarryd Hayne started the season with his most consistent display of rugby league, leading the Dally M medal rankings after 10 Rounds.


Jarryd Hayne was selected for New South Wales in his favoured fullback position for Game One of the 2014 State of Origin series.


In Round 22 of the season, playing against the Canberra Raiders, Jarryd Hayne scored another 50m solo try to bring up his 100th career try.


Jarryd Hayne became only the third player behind Luke Burt and Brett Kenny to score 100 tries for Parramatta.


In Round 23 of the season Jarryd Hayne topped his 2006 try scoring effort, reaching his 18th for the season against the Bulldogs.


Jarryd Hayne finished the season as the NRL's leading try-scorer with 20 for the season.


For Jarryd Hayne, it is his second Dally M Player of the Year award following his win in 2009 and claimed the Fullback of the Year and Best Representative Player awards, respectively.


On 2 August 2016, after his time in American football and rugby sevens, it was announced that Jarryd Hayne would be returning to the NRL, signing a two-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans.


Jarryd Hayne's contract was touted to be as worth as much as $1.2 million a season, the most any NRL player has been paid in one year.


Jarryd Hayne made himself available for immediate selection and made his debut for the Titans against the New Zealand Warriors on 7 August 2016.


Jarryd Hayne claimed the coach had stopped talking to him.


On 1 December 2017, Jarryd Hayne joined his old club, the Parramatta Eels, announcing it will be a one-year deal.


In round 3 against Cronulla, Jarryd Hayne was taken off the field after 30 minutes with a hip injury that ruled him out for the next four-weeks.


Jarryd Hayne returned in Round 7 against Manly but was taken off the field just 10 minutes into the match after re-injuring his hip.


Jarryd Hayne finished 2018 with a club best 10 tries from 15 appearances, as well as topping the Parramatta charts for line breaks and tackle busts.


Jarryd Hayne made his representative rugby league debut for the Australian Prime Minister's XIII on 30 September 2006 against Papua New Guinea at Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby.


On 3 May 2007, Jarryd Hayne was selected to make his debut on the wing for the City New South Wales team in the City vs Country Origin clash in Coffs Harbour.


Jarryd Hayne impressed enough in his City debut to secure a place in the New South Wales state team for the 2007 State of Origin Game I on 23 May 2007 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.


Jarryd Hayne would go on to represent New South Wales in each of the three state games in 2007, scoring two tries in the process.


On 21 October 2007, Jarryd Hayne made his international debut for Australia in the Trans-Tasman Test against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.


In 2010, Jarryd Hayne was named and played for the NSW Blues in all three losing matches in the 2010 State of Origin series against the Queensland Maroons.


In 2011, Jarryd Hayne was controversially not named in the NSW Blues side for Game 1, which they lost.


Jarryd Hayne played in the deciding Game 3, this time in the centres.


Jarryd Hayne had the second highest run metres for NSW behind Paul Gallen.


Jarryd Hayne is likely to have played on the wing for Australia following the 2011 season, but was not selected due to injury.


Jarryd Hayne was selected to play on the wing for New South Wales in all three games of the 2012 State of Origin series which was again won by Queensland.


Jarryd Hayne was awarded The Brad Fittler Medal for being NSW's best player in The 2014 series.


One of the enduring moments in Origin history is when Jarryd Hayne ran into the crowd after NSW won it first series in 9 years.


Jarryd Hayne was selected to play in The 2017 State of Origin series at Centre.


Jarryd Hayne later said he found God during his 2008 World Cup experience with Fiji and believed his participation helped him become the best rugby league player in the world in 2009.


Jarryd Hayne was voted by the public to play fullback for the NRL All Stars team in the inaugural 2010 All Stars match at Skilled Park.


Jarryd Hayne was again voted as the starting fullback for the NRL All Stars team in the 2013 All Stars match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and scored the only try for the NRL All Stars.


Jarryd Hayne was named at centre by Australian coach Tim Sheens for the Kangaroos' squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, which was held in England, France, Wales and Ireland.


Jarryd Hayne continued his run of form in the Grand final against New Zealand, after almost being knocked unconscious inside the game's first five minutes.


Jarryd Hayne went on to produce two remarkable try assists for winger Brett Morris as Australia were crowned 2013 world champions.


Jarryd Hayne was named Australia's joint players-player alongside Johnathan Thurston.


Jarryd Hayne again represented Fiji in the 2017 World Cup and the 2018 Pacific Rugby League Tests.


On 17 December 2009, Jarryd Hayne announced he would remain in the National Rugby League by re-signing with Parramatta for a further four years.


Jarryd Hayne was reportedly chased by several rugby union teams at the time.


In 2011, aged 23, Jarryd Hayne intended to quit rugby league to pursue his dream of playing in the National Football League via the American collegiate system.


However, his failure to complete 12th grade and receive his High School Certificate meant Jarryd Hayne was ineligible to play college football in the United States.


Jarryd Hayne requested Gridiron Australia organise an open trial with an NFL franchise but his commitments to the Australian national rugby league team during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup prohibited him from attempting the sport switch at that time.


Jarryd Hayne impressed several veteran Niners during the team's off season workouts in Phoenix, Arizona in early 2015.


Jarryd Hayne was expected to compete for the running back, kick returner, and other special teams positions.


On 15 August 2015, Jarryd Hayne made his preseason debut against the Houston Texans, completing a 53-yard run with his second touch of the ball.


Jarryd Hayne finished the game with 5 rushes for 63 yards, 2 punt returns for 24 yards and 1 kick return for 33 yards.


Jarryd Hayne impressed at running back, bursting through a hole and broke free down the left sideline for a gain of 34 yards.


On 5 September 2015, Jarryd Hayne made the 53-man final roster by surviving the last day of cuts before the start of the regular season, capping a swift transition to his new sport.


On 14 September 2015, Jarryd Hayne made his NFL debut for the 49ers against the Minnesota Vikings at Levi's Stadium in Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season.


However, Jarryd Hayne muffed his first attempt at a punt reception in front of the US television audience on Monday Night Football.


Jarryd Hayne announced his retirement from the NFL on 15 May 2016, and joined the Fiji sevens team in hopes of playing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


Jarryd Hayne later explained that he retired due to not wanting to learn a new playbook, as the 49ers had hired Chip Kelly to be their new head coach for the 2016 season.


Jarryd Hayne made his rugby sevens debut for Fiji on 21 May 2016 at Twickenham Stadium in the London Sevens.


Jarryd Hayne competed in five of the six matches for a total game time of approximately fifteen minutes.


Jarryd Hayne made the initial 23-member training squad for the Fiji team for the Olympics, but was not selected in the final squad.


On 31 August 2019 Jarryd Hayne settled the suit, paying almost $100,000 to the alleged victim.


On 7 December 2020, the judge presiding over Jarryd Hayne's trial discharged the jury after they had failed to reach either a unanimous or a majority verdict.


Subsequently, Jarryd Hayne was granted bail of $20,000 and released from Cooma Correctional Centre.


Jarryd Hayne became a member of the Hillsong Church in 2008, partly inspired by his Fijian teammates at the 2008 World Cup.


Jarryd Hayne is a supporter of Liverpool FC of the English football Premier League, and considers Steven Gerrard as one of his sporting heroes.


In 2016, after returning to Australia following his brief career in the American National Football League, Jarryd Hayne met Amellia Bonnici.