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Jarryd Hayne

Full Name: Jarryd Lee Hayne

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Date of Birth: February 15, 1988

Junior Club:  Cambelltown City, East Cambelltown and Cabramatta

Height: 188cm

NRL Debut: Eels v Penrith, CUA Stadium, 19/5/06

Weight: 96kg

Eels Debut: Eels v Penrith, CUA Stadium, 19/5/06

Position/s: Fullback

Contracted until: 2014


Jarryd Hayne was born in February of 1988. He played mainly for Cabramatta as a junior where he played anywhere from fullback to lock. He attended the famous Westfields Sports High School alongside fellow players and good friends Krisnan Inu and Tony Williams.

Hayne was also a top young track athlete with blistering pace that saw him race at the Nationals. He proved his natural talent when he won the hurdles event without training for them. 

In the Eels' junior system Hayne played mainly at centre and wing even though his preferred position was fullback. In the middle of the 2006 season, interim coach, Jason Taylor, selected Hayne on the wing for the Eels. Hayne impressed in his rookie year, winning the Dally M Rookie of the Year Award. His impressive form continued into 2007 when he represented NSW in State of Origin, scoring a try on debut as well as Australia later in the year. During the season incumbent fullback Luke Burt experienced a season ending knee injury. Hayne was shifted to his preferred position of fullback where he showed promising form. 

2008 saw Hayne struggle for form throughout the year but he still played Origin. In 2009 Hayne was tried at 5/8 by coach Daniel Anderson but continued to struggle for form. Anderson then chose to play him at fullback, believing Hayne would play better in a position that he preferred. Hayne proved Anderson right and over the rest of the season Hayne set the competition alight. He won 7 consecutive Man of the Match Awards, claimed the Dally M Fullback of the Year, Dally M Player of the Year, NSW Player of the Series, RLPA Fullback of the Year and RLPA Player of the Year. 

2010 saw Hayne struggle for consistent form as he was moved around between fullback and 5/8. He still played Origin and was again one of the NSW's best. In 2011 and 2012 Hayne struggled along with the rest of the team. He was still one of the Eels' best but he was not selected for Game One of the 2011 Origin Series. He was recalled for Games 2 and 3 and was again a big contributor to the NSW Team. Even though he struggled in 2012 Hayne's Contribution Value Rating placed him in the Top 6 in the NRL and rated him as the top-performing NSW back.


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