Folau happy to have Hayne

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by Beth Newman

Waratahs and Wallabies back Israel Folau would be more than happy to have Jarryd Hayne at the Waratahs.


Hayne has been reportedly considering a move into Super Rugby, though is currently training with the Fiji Sevens team, vying for a spot in their Rio Olympic squad, though recently returned to Australia for treatment on a hip injury.


His World Series caps for Fiji make him ineligible to play for Australia, meaning the cross-code star would likely need to accept a far less lucrative offer to play in Australia as opposed to that which European clubs could offer.


Jarryd Hayne played for Fiji in London. Photo: Getty ImagesHayne is yet to confirm his movements beyond Rio but Folau said he would unequivocally boost the Waratahs if he did opt to play in Super Rugby.


“Anyone with his calibre of talent is certainly, if he was to come and play the 15-man code, he'd do quite well,” he said.


“I  think he's naturally talented to want to pick up the game and play it and besides that he'd be great.


“It'd be nice.


“Obviously I’m here playing and it'd be nice to get someone like Jarryd come and play here.


“I think it'd be a great boost for the team there's no doubt.”


Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson earlier this week said NSW would welcome Hayne’s addition to the team.


"He's a talented player and we'd be interested, everything is depending on our salary cap of course," he said ahead of the Sunwolves match last week.


Despite his ineligiblity, Gibson said he wouldn’t be surprised if Hayne were to be offered an ARU top-up, which is generally kept to Wallabies.


"Most of the top 20 or 30 players, I don't know the absolute numbers, but certainly most of the players are all topped up to some degree.

 

"He has commercial value and the ARU would be keen to maximise that and get the best players playing our code."

Folau's own playing future has been an intriguing conversation point for much of the season and talk hasn't let up on whether he should play at 13 or 15 at both test and Super Rugby level.

The Wallabies fullback has cemented himself into the 13 spot for his province and said he was happy to keep jumping between the two positions in games and in different teams, though said it might be nice to start in the same number.

"I don't mind doing the switch, I get the best of both, attacking at 13 and then if I happen to defend at the back at 15 it's not a worry, I actually enjoy the change," he said.

Folau said his stint at 13 had helped him at Wallabies time.

 

"It added that little bit more to my game. Not only playing 15 or on the wing, I can also be pretty familiar with that 13.

 

"It's a great challenge and I've tried to make the most of it."

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