As the Kangaroos prepare to faceoff against a physical English side in the 4-Nations Cup Final; Australian coach Tim Sheens has hinted he wants to shuffle Jarryd Hayne in the backline in an effort to get the worlds best player more involvedÂ
Easily the best player in the NRL in the final months of the 2009 comp and more recently winning international awards – Hayne is starved of involvement at the moment in the current team.
Coach Sheens thinks shifting Hayne to the opposite wing to link with explosive centre Greg Inglis will set the sidelines alight as the two talented stars join forces.
Hayne spent the past few days working with Inglis on the left, as runaway rookie Brett Morris working on the right wing.
Sheens all but confirmed the Eels fullback would start on the opposite wing for this weekends Final.
”I had decided to move him,” hinted the veteran coach. ”I probably wanted to stack that side a bit more, it gives us a bit more firepower. I am looking to try and get him more involved.”
The Wests Tigers and Australian Coach said the move was his idea and he wasn’t listening to outside critics who have been screaming for Hayne to get more action in the side.
Sheens was also quick to praise the Morris boys for their involvement so far on the edges.
Hayne hasn’t been a standout in the tournament, but with limited opportunities and a team full of stars – that can happen. The Australians have done most of the damage down the left edge. Hayne lined up for NSW in State of Origin during 2009 on the left and was untouchable. Interestingly, it was Hayne who chose the right edge as his 4 Nations position, offering specialist winger Morris the choice of playing on the side he prefers, where he usually lines up for St George Illawarra.
Sheens’ line of thinking is that if he can unleash Hayne – there is yet another attacking option in a team that is already doing fairly well.