NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says he would definitely be interested in getting Jarryd Hayne to his Super Rugby franchise, but they have had no discussions with Semi Radradra.
Hayne and Radradra both returned from Fiji on Thursday night, with Hayne’s future undecided after his bid to make the Fijian Olympic sevens rugby team.
The code hopper quit NRL club Parramatta to pursue a dream to play in the NFL and played a few games for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015-2016.
He left that code to try to make the Fijian sevens rugby squad, one of the medal favourites at the upcoming Rio Olympics.
Hayne played in the final leg of their successful World Series title defence in May without making an impact and returned home on Thursday for treatment on a hip injury.
He has yet to reveal his sporting home for 2017, but a return to rugby league or a switch to rugby union are considered his most likely options.
“He’s a talented player and we’d be interested, everything is depending on our salary cap of course,” Gibson said from Tokyo on the eve of the Waratahs’ Super Rugby match against the Sunwolves.
The Australian Rugby Union has helped entice several players across from rugby league by topping up the salary paid to those converts by the Super Rugby franchise of their choice.
However, that was usually on the basis of those recruits being eligible to play for the Wallabies, which under current rules Hayne is not.
Hayne effectively made himself ineligible for Wallaby selection by playing for Fiji in London.
Asked if the Waratahs could afford Hayne without an ARU top-up, Gibson said: “Most of the top 20 or 30 players, I don’t know the absolute numbers, but certainly most of the players are all topped up to some degree.
“He has commercial value and the ARU would be keen to maximise that and get the best players playing our code.”
Radradra is not on the Waratahs’ radar, despite reports suggesting the contracted Parramatta NRL winger is considering a switch to a French rugby union club.
“We’ve had no discussions with him,” Gibson said.