From a prodigious rugby league star to a convicted sex offender, the contrast between Jarryd Hayne’s former life and his new reality could not be starker.
The 33-year-old has spent his first night in a prison cell after being handed a sentence of five years and nine months for sexually assaulting a woman on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final.
Prior to the dramatic fall from grace, Hayne was a lauded Parramatta Eels fullback and dual Dally M medallist who once stood to earn more than $2 million on a contract spanning multiple seasons.
A high-profile switch of codes and countries saw him try his hand at the NFL in America, debuting with the San Francisco 49ers in September 2015.
A night out at a San Jose bar following a game would later…