Jarryd Hayne, who brought tears to the eyes of true sport fans by being joint first player to lift the trophy for Fiji’s World Rugby Sevens Series title on Sunday, has spoken of his pride in his team’s achievement.
Feet firmly back on the ground just days after being in seventh heaven at Twickenham, Hayne has opened up about his emotions in the hope to inspire others to follow their dreams.
“Being the first to lift that trophy and get my face in the papers and represent the lads was special,” said the San Francisco 49er Fijian sevens player. “It made all the eight minutes of sacrifice, pain and effort this season in the sevens worth it. It’s moments like these that make you get up in the morning and switch football codes.”
Hayne’s journey to World Sevens glory with Fiji is a Rocky like rise to success that blazes a trail for anyone who dares dream of playing for one nation in one sport, then to swap nations in that sport, then to play another sport entirely, then to swap sports again and then to aim for a spot in the Olympics.
“Since I first pulled that shirt on way back on Saturday morning, I’ve was focused on bringing home the title to my people in Fiji,” said the former Australian international rugby player. “I stuck at it, as did the lads to be fair, and we made the dream come true.”
Hayne’s story is all the more remarkable as Fiji had been trying to secure the World Sevens Series title since December in Dubai. Yet it wasn’t until the #hayneplane arrived in London they were able to do so.
What a great achievement by Jarryd Hayne to help Fiji win the Rugby Sevens Championship?— Mick Raynes (@CoachMickR) 23 May 2016
Hold that trophy high. pic.twitter.com/F18mCD9qyq
Hayne’s part in ending six months of chasing the dream made it absolutely fitting he was there to lift the trophy first and foremost on Sunday. Even sporting giants like John Terry have spoken of how delighted they were to see Hayne front and centre for the trophy ceremony.
“Never give up on your dreams,” said the former Fijian rugby league player. “I’m living proof of that. Even if people say you can’t do it and even if it means staying focused, dedicated and ruthless for the length of a whole weekend, don’t give up. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”