Jarryd Hayne explains why he chose rugby over the 49ers
Rugby star Jarryd Hayne overcame a tremendous learning curve to make the San Francisco 49ers’ roster last season – only to retire and return to rugby a month ago.
Hayne’s departure from the 49ers brought statements of thanks from both the team and the player, but the only explanation given was that he wanted to play rugby for Fiji in this summer’s Rio Olympics.
Now we know a little more. Earlier this week, the ex-running back told Fairfax Media in Australia the biggest reason for the change of heart was new 49ers coach Chip Kelly’s massive playbook.
Hayne is 28 and needed to make a strong commitment to one of the two sports. He played mostly special teams in 2015, rushing just 17 times for 52 cards and catching six passes for 27 yards in eight games.