The NSW Waratahs announced on Tuesday they would not table an offer to Hayne.But Hayne’s manager Wayne Beavis said on Wednesday his client was still interested in playing rugby.One major sticking point with the move is the fact Hayne can’t play for the Wallabies as he has played sevens for Fiji.That prevents the Australian Rugby Union topping up his contract with any Super Rugby franchise.But a possible Test against Fiji next year, that could come just matches into Hayne’s rugby career, would provide a marketing dream for the ARU and significantly swell its coffers.The ARU hasn’t confirmed its schedule for next year, but a Test against Fiji, likely in Melbourne, is sure to garner plenty of interest if Hayne is in the visiting side.However, such a blockbuster remains only a possibility with the NRL’s Parramatta the favourites to sign Hayne.But Beavis said rugby wasn’t out of the picture.“We never talked to the Waratahs, we only talked with the ARU and we remain open to all offers,” he told AAP.“When the time comes, I will sit down with Jarryd, put all the offers in front of him and he will make a decision then.”Parramatta, who is undergoing significant governance reform following NSW government intervention, is in no rush to sign their former superstar.Off-contract playmaker Corey Norman is a priority for the Eels.But the club is also in no rush to secure Norman’s signature, given he has been suspended for the remainder of the NRL season due to his off-field indiscretions and has indicated he won’t take up a big money move to St George Illawarra.The Eels are yet to release Kieran Foran from his million-dollar-a-year contract, which would open up the money to sign Hayne.That release is a formality but the Kiwi international is likely to receive less than the $200,000 severance package he is seeking.Coach Trent Robinson on Wednesday again ruled the Sydney Roosters out of the running for Hayne.That leaves Gold Coast and Parramatta as possibly Hayne’s only NRL destinations.Hayne had previously said he would only rejoin the Eels in any return to the NRL.“There has been no formal offer from Parramatta,” Beavis said.Hayne and Beavis met ARU boss Bill Pulver, who said he believed the ex-Eels fullback had a genuine desire to play rugby.However, many within rugby circles believe the code is being played by Hayne in a bid to drive up his asking price.Hayne could earn considerably more money in union than league, with a third-party deal of around $200,000 possibly added to his salary of about $300,000.Hayne could also earn about $1 million a season in Japanese rugby.But he would have to renege on his formerly stated desire to stay in Sydney and possibly move to Brisbane, Melbourne or Canberra.
Prison smuggling…says steps are being taken to address contraband smugglingFollowing a recent series of attempts to smuggle contraband and the discoveries of various illicit items at several prison facilities across the country, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has expressed his disgust at the acts, saying that steps are being taken to curb this practice.Minister Ramjattan told reporters on Friday that these incidents, especially those involving prison officers, makes him angry and feel a sense of despair. To this end, he revealed that he has approached the Finance Ministry to acquire scanners to be installed at the entry and exist points of the various prison facilities.“It’s like the abnormal seems to be the rule there, you know, and we are trying asSome of the illicit items seized during last week’s raid at the Lusignan Prisonmuch [as we can]. I now have to get technological about it. You’d have to get scanners at the door that can pick up these things because I don’t think you can collude with scanners but… these scanners are very expensive and I hope people are not going to bypass the scanners too, that’s another problem but we’re gonna have cameras to ensure that the people will be seen who try to bypass,” the Minister said.Furthermore, he went on to recognise that the lack of proper management at these facilities is probably contributing to the increasing instances of smuggling attempts and the discoveries of dozens of contraband within the system.“When these things happen, it is obviously an administrative/management problem and you can say that some people have indicated what can better the situation. There’re some previous prison officers, who were of very high ranks that have indicated their suggestions to me. But it comes back, if the individual know – that prison warden know or the family members bringing in the things in foods and all of that – that that thing can be a disastrous thing, it can create a major problem for our security, why do they do it?” Ramjattan questioned.Moreover, the Public Security Minister further decried the actions of inmates, who recently posted photos of their merriment on social media while in jail.“We have these guys posting on Faceboook, having Ciroc on Mother’s Day. It is very embarrassing and disappointing, extraordinarily, so we have to still struggle with it but we must never give up… And so what we have to do is further strategise and get better recruits and teach them the consequences of not doing their jobs or doing it in a rogue fashion… and hopefully in better days coming we can also have better salaries and conditions of work,” asserted the Minister.Only last Saturday, an inmate at the Lusignan Prison was caught with a cutlass and a knife. This was followed by an attempt to throw several parcels of marijuana over the fence at the New Amsterdam Prison the same day.These incidents come on the heels of ranks of the Joint Services unearthing over 60 illicit items during a three-hour routine search at the East Coast Demerara penitentiary last week.Following these incidents, Prison Director (ag) Gladwin Samuels, reiterated pleas to the public to cease such acts.“I wish to encourage members of the public to desist from introducing contraband into the prison as it is a criminal offence that can lead to imprisonment and it also affects the security of the prison,” he appealed.The smuggling of contraband items remains a perennial problem within the prisons system and while authorities have been working to curb the practice, several prison officers have been caught facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be a “big business”.