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Jarryd Hayne named in San Francisco 49ers' final 53-man squad for 2015/16 NFL season

ABC GrandstandABC Grandstand 5/09/2015
The former NRL star made the first cut on Tuesday, when the squad was reduced from 85 to 75. © Getty Images The former NRL star made the first cut on Tuesday, when the squad was reduced from 85 to 75.

Jarryd Hayne is officially a member of the San Francisco 49ers' NFL squad after he was named in the team's final 53-man roster.

Playing primarily as a running back and punt returner, Hayne made the cut after a slew of impressive performances in the preseason that saw him finish with the second-most rushing yards of any player in the league.

The former NRL star made the first cut on Tuesday, when the squad was reduced from 85 to 75, and is now a member of one of the most storied franchises in NFL history.

Hayne announced he had mad the squad via Twitter, 24 minutes after the 6am AEST deadline for final roster submissions had passed.

"It always works out! Thank God for what he has done and going to do on this incredible journey!! I'm on the 53-man roster for the 49ers," Hayne tweeted.

Hayne will get his first chance to impress in the NFL proper when San Francisco opens its season at Levis Stadium on September 15 (AEST) against the Minnesota Vikings.

The 49ers have five Super Bowl trophies in their cabinet, the second-best tally of any team in the league, with the most recent coming in 1995.


Hayne goes from curiosity to genuine star in the US in a matter of weeks

Initially viewed as something of a curiosity by American NFL fans, Hayne did not take long to prove he could be an effective offensive weapon for the 49ers, operating as either a punt returner or running back.

In four pre-season games, Hayne produced numerous thrilling highlights as well as some objectively excellent statistics.

The Minto-born 27-year-old called his final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers his most complete for the 49ers.

He totalled a game-high 58 rushing yards in the 14-12 win, while showing off his versatility with 10 carries, two pass catches and three punt returns, as well as a scything rugby league-style tackle in defence.

"For the first time, I was comfortable getting the pads low, which was good," said Hayne.

"I've just worked hard from where I want to go and where I want to be as an NFL player," Hayne said.

"To come out tonight and lower my pads, get low, and get through tackles, that was something I tried to emphasise through the week. I think that was probably my most complete performance with everything we've been coached up to do."

For the entire preseason the former Parramatta Eel notched up 25 carries for 178 yards and an average of 7 yards per carry.

He achieved the second-most rushing yards across the entire NFL.

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