Super Rugby

Waratahs interested in Hayne, confirms coach

Coach Daryl Gibson revealed NSW Waratahs are "definitely interested" in signing code-hopping star Jarryd Hayne.

Former San Francisco 49ers running back Hayne's future is uncertain as he attempts to earn Olympic Games selection for Fiji's sevens squad.

A return to rugby league and NRL, where he received two Dally M Medals during his eight years with Parramatta Eels, has been mooted but a switch to rugby union and Super Rugby could be on the cards, if Gibson has his way.

"He's a talented player ... he's one hell of a player and I think we'd be definitely interested," Gibson said.

Gibson added: "Most of the top 20 or 30 players – I don't know the absolute numbers – but certainly the players are topped up to some degree so 100 per cent [a Super Rugby club could afford him].

"His commercial value ... I'm sure the ARU would be keen to maximise that and get the best players playing our code."