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Former rugby league star wins a place with NFL side San Francisco 49ers

Published 06/09/2015 | 11:49

Jarryd Hayne
Jarryd Hayne

The punt has paid off. When Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne walked away from the sport at the end of last season to pursue a career in the NFL, many thought he was making a catastrophic error.

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Sure, rugby league has many skills that can be transferred to American football, but the decision to go from the go-to guy in Australia to the bottom step in America still shocked most people.

But after a spectacularly entertaining pre-season that saw him truck over defenders and slide through gaps like a seasoned running back, Hayne has been rewarded with a place on the San Francisco 49ers' 53-man squad for the upcoming season.

The 49ers cut 14 players yesterday but the 27-year-old, who played for the Parramatta Eels for eight seasons in the NRL, was good enough to make the cut.

And if you watch some of his highlights from the 49ers' warm-up games, you will quickly see why they decided to take a gamble on the Australian.

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