Jarryd Hayne, who retired after one NFL season to return to rugby and pursue the Olympics, made Fiji’s team for the final 2015-16 World Series leg in London this weekend.
That doesn’t mean Hayne will make the Olympic team, but it is obviously a more promising sign than if he was left off the 12-man World Series team. The 12-man Olympic team will be named some time after the London tournament.
Fiji will likely clinch its second straight World Series season title in London, which makes Hayne’s late pursuit of an Olympic place on the world’s best team all the more shocking.
Hayne, 28, announced his retirement as a San Francisco 49ers running back and return to rugby on Sunday.
He played in eight games in his rookie NFL season after spending the previous nine years playing in Australia’s National Rugby League.
Hayne was born in Australia but has a Fijian father and has represented Fiji internationally in the past.