Why A Jarryd Hayne Snub Is On The Cards For The World Cup

"Hasn't played consistently well enough"

30 July 2017

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Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has put Jarryd Hayne on notice, warning the star that he may be overlooked for the World Cup side.

Hayne was overlooked when Meninga named his Australian merit team two weeks ago, which listed the best 17 players from the series.

"Jarryd wasn't the best centre in the Origin series," Meninga said, reports couriermail.com.au.

"The reality is he had two better centres in front of him (Chambers and Dugan).

"It's a good reminder for the guys like Hayne who didn't make (the merit squad) that they have some work in front of them."

Speaking on Triple M Sunday NRL, Triple M's Ryan Girdler and Paul Kent believed that this was a fair call. Listen to the full report below.

"I think everyone's on notice at the moment," Triple M's Ryan Girdler said.

"Mal's been really open about how he's going to choose the side that plays in the World Cup at the end of the season, and that's going to be based on the Origin series and form.

"What also always comes into contention when it's end of season tours is whether you play finals footy or not. While you can do some training away from playing in finals games, it's never quite the same as if you've been coached as a player into the finals.

"When you look at the outside backs, you'd have to think that on the wings it would be Gagai and Holmes - they're the form wingers in the competition at the moment.

"And then you've got some pretty good centres. You've got Chambers, and then there's some pretty stiff opposition in Dugan and the likes."

"I don't think he'll make it," Triple M's Paul Kent said.

"He hasn't played consistently well enough to force his way into the side. His Origin series was uninspiring. The mistakes he made are more to the front of your mind than the good things he did. 

"Personality comes into it too and Jarryd is not an easy fit. I think Mal has been very smart coming out now to tell Jarryd that he's far from over the line in making the squad, and he needs to show something - and therefore puts the ball in Jarryd's court."

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