Rugger from Oz Finally Signs with the Niners
It's been in the works long enough.
The only surprise came when Australian Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne inked a deal with the San Francisco 49ers instead of the Detroit Lions.
But a $100,000 guarantee for just showing up will do that.
The two major differences between either form of rugby and gridiron is that a kick can advance the ball in the former while a pass does it in the latter. Among the other traits, it's notable that ruggers can't block for each other and play both ways.
Dudes down under just have that sort of attitude.
Just as intriguing is word that some NFL players are looking at drifting in the opposite direction, albeit in a proposed new American venture. Of course, that's a far dimmer stage than the one Hayne is leaving, but perhaps this is the start of lines between the two sports blurring for the first time since the late 1800s.