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Hayne remains open to rugby move

NZN 27/07/2016 James MacSmith

Jarryd Hayne remains open to a move to rugby union and, if the former NRL star and NFL player does shift to the 15-a-side game, he could line up against the Wallabies within months of doing so.

The NSW Waratahs announced on Tuesday they would not table an offer to Hayne.

But Hayne's manager Wayne Beavis said on Wednesday his client was still interested in playing rugby.

One major sticking point with the move is the fact Hayne can't play for the Wallabies as he has played sevens for Fiji.

That prevents the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) topping up his contract with any Super Rugby franchise.

But a possible Test against Fiji next year, that could come just matches into Hayne's rugby career, would provide a marketing dream for the ARU and significantly swell its coffers.

The ARU hasn't confirmed its schedule for next year, but a Test against Fiji, likely in Melbourne, is sure to garner plenty of interest if Hayne is in the visiting side.

However, such a blockbuster remains only a possibility with the NRL's Parramatta the favourites to sign Hayne.

But Beavis said rugby wasn't out of the picture.

"We never talked to the Waratahs, we only talked with the ARU and we remain open to all offers," he told AAP.

"When the time comes, I will sit down with Jarryd, put all the offers in front of him and he will make a decision then."

Parramatta, who are undergoing significant governance reform following NSW government intervention, are in no rush to sign their former superstar.

Off-contract playmaker Corey Norman is a priority for the Eels.

But the club is also in no rush to secure Norman's signature, given he has been suspended for the remainder of the NRL season due to his off-field indiscretions and has indicated he won't take up a big money move to St George Illawarra.

The Eels are yet to release Kieran Foran from his million-dollar-a-year contract, which would open up the money to sign Hayne.

That release is a formality but the Kiwi international is likely to receive less than the $200,000 severance package he is seeking.

Coach Trent Robinson on Wednesday again ruled the Sydney Roosters out of the running for Hayne.

That leaves Gold Coast and Parramatta as possibly Hayne's only NRL destinations.

Hayne had previously said he would only rejoin the Eels in any return to the NRL.

"There has been no formal offer from Parramatta," Beavis said.

Hayne and Beavis met ARU boss Bill Pulver, who said he believed the the ex-Eels fullback had a genuine desire to play rugby.

However, many within rugby circles believe the code is being played by Hayne in a bid to drive up his asking price.

Hayne could earn considerably more money in union than league, with a third-party deal of around $200,000 possibly added to his salary of about $300,000.

Hayne could also earn about $1 million a season in Japanese rugby.

But he would have to renege on his formerly stated desire to stay in Sydney and possibly move to Brisbane, Melbourne or Canberra.

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