Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Jarryd Hayne was once one of the biggest stars in the NRL, with two Dally M Medals and a State of Origin series win with New South Wales under his belt, with the Minto native a crucial part of the Blues first series win in nine years.
He became a fan favourite early on in his career for his exciting play style and amazing ability with the ball in hand, leading his side the Parramatta Eels to the 2009 NRL Grand Final from eighth place on the competition ladder.
At the end of 2014, Hayne made headlines when he announced that he would be moving to the United States of America in a bid to play in the NFL, and would be successful in that quest when he signed with the San Francisco 49ers and played eight games for the club.
In 2016, the fullback would make a midseason return to the NRL with the Gold Coast Titans, before returning to the Parramatta Eels in 2018.
However, in November of the same year, Hayne would be charged with aggravated sexual assault and inflicting actual bodily harm and was found guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent in March last year, and sentenced to five years and nine months behind bars with a non-parole period of three years and eight months in May.
#BREAKING: Jailed former NRL player Jarryd Hayne's sexual assault conviction has been quashed on appeal and he will face a retrial. #9News
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The 33-year-old had nearly completed the first year of his sentence when it was confirmed today that the Court of Criminal Appeal had overturned his sexual assault conviction, with a third trial set to take place.
We have not seen Hayne play in the NRL since the allegations against him were first made and it is unlikely we will ever see him play Rugby League at a professional level again.
Hayne has continued to plead his innocence throughout this ordeal, last making a statement when he was originally deemed guilty last March.
“I‘d rather go to jail knowing I spoke the truth than be a free man living a lie,” said Hayne.
There is currently no word on when this third trial will take place, but that information will certainly be made available soon.
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