Australia’s favourite NFL player, Jarryd Hayne, has been dropped from the San Francisco 49ers squad and his entire homeland has gone into mourning.

Much was made of Hayne’s debut with the 49ers, after the former rugby league star left a high-paying gig in Australia to try his luck at American football. The hype surrounding his signing has seen his every move dissected and devoured by fans around the world.

On Saturday, Hayne — known affectionately as the Hayne Plane — lost his place on the team in favour of promoting running back Kendall Gaskins from the practice squad Read more…

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