Jarryd Hayne switches from NFL to rugby sevensUpdated 8:35 AM ET, Fri May 20, 2016 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Olympics lure for ex-league starJarryd Hayne is swapping the NFL for rugby sevens after being contacted by Fiji ahead of the Olympics. Hide Caption 1 of 8 Photos: Olympics lure for ex-league starThe Australian played one season of American football, featuring in eight games for the San Francisco 49ers as a running back.Hide Caption 2 of 8 Photos: Olympics lure for ex-league starHe made his name in rugby league, playing 176 games for Parramatta Eels in the NRL competition.Hide Caption 3 of 8 Photos: Olympics lure for ex-league starBorn in Sydney to an Australian mother and Fijian father, Hayne played for New South Wales in the prestigious State of Origin series against Queensland.Hide Caption 4 of 8 Photos: Olympics lure for ex-league starHayne helped the Kangaroos win the 2013 Rugby League World Cup -- here he is in action against Fiji in the semifinals. Hide Caption 5 of 8 Photos: Olympics lure for ex-league starFour years earlier, Hayne was on the losing team as Fiji was beaten by Australia in the World Cup semifinals in Sydney. Hide Caption 6 of 8 Photos: Olympics lure for ex-league starA keen Liverpool FC fan, Hayne shows his soccer skills before an exhibition match in Sydney on January 7, 2016.Hide Caption 7 of 8 Photos: Olympics lure for ex-league starHayne joined up with Fiji's squad ahead of the London Sevens, and is hoping to win a place in the series-leading team's 12-man selection for Rio 2016.Hide Caption 8 of 8Former rugby league star Jarryd Hayne is hoping to represent Fiji at the Rio Olympics in sevens after ending his fledgling NFL career.More from SportWinter Olympics: Golden comeback for Canadian skaters Moir and VirtueElise Christie: An Olympic tragedy on iceGus Kenworthy's kiss with boyfriend a 'moment to celebrate'Why Japan is in thrall to figure skater Yuzuru HanyuRoger Federer on retirement: 'I'm looking forward to it'