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World Rugby rules Jarryd Hayne eligible to play for Fiji rugby sevens in 2016 Rio Olympics

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After some brief confusion about Jarryd Hayne's status for this summer's Olympic Games, World Rugby has issued clarification. They have declared Hayne eligible to participate. You can read the full statement below in italics.

A former Australian anti-doping official had said Hayne needed to be in a testing program for at least six months, and thus should not be eligible. Subsequent commentary suggested the six month requirement was for players who were highly questionable previously. Although the NFL does not follow WADA regulations, it would seem there is not enough cause for concern to require extra testing.

I am curious what Hayne will be doing once the Olympics are complete. I have to think he makes the team, but either way, once the Olympics are complete, does he go back to NRL in Australia? I suppose he could elect to eventually try and return to the NFL, but my guess is he goes back to rugby league, or something related.

World Rugby notes the announcement that Jarryd Hayne wishes to pursue new sporting challenges with the Fiji rugby sevens team and has moved to address speculation regarding the player's availability under Regulation 21 to play sevens.

World Rugby is committed to the highest-possible anti-doping standards. The WADA-compliant World Rugby Regulation 21 mirrors the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations. It does not require a player to be included in a testing pool for a defined period of time prior to selection if they are being selected for international competition for the first time. This position is entirely consistent with World Rugby's approach to other cross-over athletes, including other ex-NFL athletes coming into rugby.

Therefore, Hayne would be eligible for the London round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series subject to all other regulatory and registration matters being met. He would also be immediately included in World Rugby's pre-Rio 2016 risk-based testing programme, which since January 2016 has included a comprehensive programme of targeted in and out of competition blood and urine testing on players likely to compete in Rio. The pre-Games programme also includes regular additional screening for substances such as ESAs and human growth hormone, and both steroidal and haematological athlete biological profiling.