THREE hours after Jarryd Hayne announced he wanted to take on the NFL, Digby Ioane asked his manager to ­investigate if he too could make the switch to gridiron.

If Hayne is successful in his bold and commendable attempt to make the grade in the richest football competition in the world, he will soon be joined by several Australian league and union players.


Wallabies winger Joe Tomane played against the All Blacks on Saturday night but he is also curious about a gridiron switch.

He loves NFL and is one of few athletes who have offered in-depth analysis of Hayne’s chances of succeeding.

Asked if he would follow Hayne, Tomane was deliberately vague.


“Ummmm … I’m just looking forward to playing the All Blacks,” he said with a grin.

Ioane is more serious. The former Queensland Reds and Wallabies star is playing rugby in France but he is a man who, like Hayne, needs challenges to thrive.

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