11 Jul 2016

Hayne plane won't fly in Rio

1:22 pm on 11 July 2016

Code hopping Australian Jarryd Hayne has missed selection in Fiji's rugby sevens side for the Rio Olympics.

Jarryd Hayne in his brief time with Fiji at the London World Series at Twickenham 22/05/2016 Copyright photo: Matt Impey / www.photosport.nz

Jarryd Hayne in his brief time with Fiji at the London World Series Photo: Photosport

Hayne, who has Fijian heritage, was told on Friday he didn't make the national team - the reigning World Series champions - and he will return to Sydney now to consider his future.

"I used all my experience as a professional athlete and have tried everyday and in every way possible to make this team and make it better but unfortunately, time has been against me," Hayne said in a statement.

Jarryd Hayne in action for Fiji at the London Sevens.

Jarryd Hayne in action for Fiji at the London Sevens. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The recent NFL player and former NRL star has been linked to a move back to Parramatta next season, after Kiwis playmaker Kieran Foran walked out on his lucrative contract with the Eels to work through personal issues.

That freed up space in the embattled Sydney club's salary cap.

Parramatta has just been docked 12 points and fined more than a million dollars for breaching the cap.

Hayne's manager has confirmed the Eels have initiated talks to bring the 28-year-old back to Parramatta.

Running back Jarryd Hayne, #38 in his time with the San Francisco 49ers. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Running back Jarryd Hayne, #38 in his time with the San Francisco 49ers Photo: AFP

Hayne shocked the rugby league world by quitting the Eels in 2014 to pursue a long-held dream to play American football, and he spent a mixed NFL season with the San Francisco 49ers before suddenly leaving to try his hand at sevens.

-AAP

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