Code changer: Jarryd Hayne during a Fijiian Rugby Union training session in London. Photo: Martin Seras Lima/World RugbyWhy my journey with Jarryd is over

After initially being snubbed for Fiji’s squad at the London Sevens, Jarryd Hayne was standing by to join the side on Friday night after a last-minute injury to a teammate.

There was confusion about Hayne’s position in the squad after Fiji Rugby released a statement on Friday evening saying he had been included in their final 12-man squad for the tournament.

However, Hayne’s name was nowhere to be seen on World Rugby’s official team lists page last night. Sides are supposed to submit a list of 12 players for the tournament 24 hours in advance.

In the statement, Fiji said playmaker Vatemo Ravouvou had been ruled out after failing to recover from a knee injury – opening the door for Hayne to come into the squad, subject to clearance from World Rugby. It was unclear on Friday night if the Fijians had received clearance.

It could be the slice of luck Hayne needs after coach Ben Ryan all but made the tough decision to omit the two-time Dally M winner from the squad despite his dream of pursuing a spot on Fiji’s Olympic team.

Hayne was also not named in Ryan’s initial 12-man squad earlier in the week.

It appears likely Hayne will get one chance to prove his worth in sevens, with scores of experts  predicting the task of adjusting to the abbreviated form of the game in such a short space of time will be beyond him.

Should he receive clearance, Hayne is set to make his debut against England just at 9.04pm Saturday, Sydney time, before coming up against Australia early on Sunday morning (2.54am, Sydney time).

Code hopper Hayne only landed in London on Monday, hours after quitting American football where he played last year or the San Francisco 49ers.

He cited the August Rio Olympics as his primary motivation for walking out on a lucrative NFL contract to link up with the world beating Fijians.

Fiji sevens squad:*

Apisai Domolailai, Jasa Veremalua, Waisea Nayacalevu, Isake Katonibau, Viliame Mata, Amenoni Nasilasila, Osea Kolinisau (c), Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Seremaia Tuwai, Kitione Dawai, Samisoni Viriviri, Jarryd Hayne.

* Provisional

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