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Jarryd Hayne runs the ball for Fiji and (inset) the autograph that appears to read 'Winx'

Jarryd Hayne’s signature prank for charity

NRL star Jarryd Hayne has signed a Fiji jersey raising money for the Men of League charity as racehorse Winx.

The jersey was raffled off during Fiji’s huge 72-6 Rugby League World Cup win over Wales at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville at the weekend. The winning punter noticed the apparent prank almost immediately.

The majority of the Fijian players signed the jersey, with the proceeds to go to Men of League. That is a charity to assist former players and connections to rugby league that are going through hardship.

Beside the No.6, where Hayne is currently playing, was a signature that appeared to read ‘Winx’. That is the name of the champion horse that recently won its third consecutive Cox Plate and 22nd straight race.

Townsville’s Ben Inglis was the raffle winner and he noticed immediately that there was something up with the autograph.”At first I thought Hayne’s signature was not worth the pen he wrote it with,” Inglis said.”But then I realised it would be a collectors item, considering the extremely small window of opportunity for Hayne to sign the jersey before he moves onto his next ‘dream’ sport.”

Ben Inglis holds up the Jarryd Hayne Fiji jersey he signed as Winx

Ben Inglis with the Fiji Rugby League World Cup jersey that Jarryd Hayne signed as racehorse Winx

Hayne Plane to depart the Gold Coast?

Hayne played a key role in Fiji’s big win over the USA, having a hand in all 11 tries piled up against the Hawks.

Reports have recently surfaced that he wants to leave NRL club Gold Coast Titans to return to Sydney. He has denied these claims on Twitter.”I have NOT instructed my manger [sic] to SPEAK to teams in Sydney,” he tweeted.

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About the Author Josh Alston

Josh Alston is a hack with over 12 years industry experience, covering sport across all codes for newspapers and online agencies. Known to frequent grade matches because of their cheap tinnies. Eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in sitting on the hill when the local cricket side was playing. Softball premiership winner, rugby league legend in Year 10 and no stranger to Doomben Racecourse.

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