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Jarryd Hayne ready to fire for Fiji at Rugby League World Cup

Staff Reporter 10/24/2017 | |
The last time Jarryd Hayne played for Fiji at a Rugby League World Cup he resurrected his career.

Nine years later, he's being tipped to again rediscover his mojo with the Bati.

Prop Ashton Sims believes the warning signs are already evident at training that the Hayne Plane is about to take flight at the 2017 version of the tournament.

Hayne - off contract and 30 next year - will certainly be hoping history repeats.

He's been welcomed back into the Fiji fold after being overlooked by Australia following an NRL season to forget with the Gold Coast Titans.

Out of sorts on the field, the NSW centre created more headlines off it with Titans coach Neil Henry sensationally sacked after reportedly falling out with the former NFL player.

Quite simply, Hayne needs another memorable World Cup campaign and ex-Brisbane enforcer Sims believes their X-factor will deliver - just like in 2008.

"In 2008 he was unstoppable. I can't see why (he can repeat it)," Sims said.

"He's been one of the best influences in the team so far. He doesn't say much but when he does it means something - it hits you in your soul.

"His attitude is rubbing off on others and on his day he is one of the best players in the world.

"I think he is ready for a big tournament."
Hayne helped a depleted Fiji reach the semi-finals in 2008 before launching one of the great individual NRL seasons the next year, nabbing the first of his Dally M Medals on his way to a grand final finish with Parramatta.

Now he finds himself at a similar crossroads.

But Sims said Fiji were backing themselves to improve on their semi-final finish at the last two World Cups - especially with Hayne in the squad.

"It's unbelievable having someone like that with us," he said.

"I have a couple of years on Jarryd but I still look at him as a superstar you want to be involved with.

"But it's also up to us to help him. He can't just do it all himself. If we can all get the best out of each other we will be a chance."

Fiji are expected to dominate their pool group, which also features USA and Wales.

They start their campaign against the Americans in Townsville on Saturday night.

SOURCE: NEWS.COM.AU/PACNEWS

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