Several Australian media members have staked out Levi’s® Stadium this week in hopes of securing the first glimpse of rugby league star-turned-NFL hopeful Jarryd Hayne at his new job with the San Francisco 49ers.
It's been a scene straight out of the tabloids, as fans Down Under anxiously await to hear how Hayne's big move is progressing.
The 49ers running back has yet to be made available to reporters, but the Aussie contingency did manage to score interviews with a pair of Hayne's teammates – fellow running back Reggie Bush and wide receiver Bruce Ellington.
Bush, who actually met Hayne last year in Australia before either player was a member of the 49ers, offered a rather strong endorsement for the football newcomer.
"I'm sure he'll make it. I don't think there's any doubt in anybody's mind he'll make the roster," Bush told The Daily Telegraph. "He has all the talents and athleticism to be able to play in this league and to be able to play at a high level in this league.
"I think making the team is actually the least of his worries."
Hayne is the second international athlete to join the 49ers. He follows in the footsteps of former British Olympian and current defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, who spent the entirety of last season on the practice squad after sitting out his first year in the states due to injury.
In addition to his reps at running back, Hayne will likely garner a look in the return game, an aspect of football that closely resembles his role in rugby league.
"Everything that he did to be a great player in Australia, (he'll) continue to do here," Bush said. "He has a good head on his shoulders; he seems like he has a great character and personality."
Ellington echoed Bush's comments, voicing confidence in Hayne's skills translating into the NFL.
"I think he'll do real well," the second-year wideout told 9News. "Because in rugby you don't have pads on. You've got pads on it football, and I saw his highlights, how he ran guys over so I think he'll do excellent in the league."
Tyler Emerick | 49ers.com | April 8, 2015