Jarryd Hayne backs Jason Taumalolo to crack the NFL because 'age is on his side'

Jarryd Hayne quit NFL last year.
Ezra Shaw

Jarryd Hayne quit NFL last year.

Jarryd Hayne is familiar with what it takes to crack NFL, and he believes that Kiwi Jason Taumalolo can make the grade.

Hayne was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers last year and made eight appearances in NFL, before the code-hopper switched his attentions to sevens in June.

Now back in rugby league with the Gold Coast Titans, Hayne, who first joined the 49ers practice squad aged 26, believes that Taumalolo, 23, and Kangaroos flyer Valentine Holmes, 21, have an advantage on him because they're flirting with NFL at a younger age.

Jason Taumalolo is hoping to impress NFL scouts in Los Angeles.
Anthony Au-Yeung

Jason Taumalolo is hoping to impress NFL scouts in Los Angeles.

Hayne, now 28, insists the pair, who are currently trying to impress NFL scouts in Los Angeles, have the talent to make the transition from league to American football.

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Scouts from the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals are said to be interested in Taumalolo and Holmes - the former this year's Dally M medal winner and the latter winning the NRL premiership in 2016.

"It's good to see them really step out. They've definitely got age on their side," Hayne told Fox Sports.

"Being 21, most guys come out of the draft 22, 23, so they've definitely got a lot of years under their belt if they want to pursue it.

"I had my pro day when I was 26, so I think Valentine is five years younger than me and Taumalolo's about three years younger, so age is a good thing for them.

"The playbook is probably the hardest thing, not so much the skill and the talent because they've got that. They're keen to do it and I wish them all the best."

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Taumalolo and Holmes, who play for North Queensland Cowboys and Cronulla Sharks respectively, are both contracted to their NRL clubs for 2017 and say they will fulfil their contracts.

Hayne added that they needed support if they're to switch sports, having played league throughout their professional careers.

"In Australia you always want to test yourself, and I think you always want to ask the question," Hayne told Fox Sports.

"From my point of view, it's just about supporting them and see people step out of their comfort zone. My support is fully behind them."

 - Stuff

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