In what appears to be a developing plot, world class tight head prop Carl Hayman could yet be at the Rugby World Cup.
Speculation is rife after reports surfaced that the NZRFU made enquires at the end of 2010 about the former New Zealand front row stalwart.
It is believed that Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is adding weight to the rumours by saying there is a real possibility of Hayman playing for the All Blacks during the September and October tournament.
French newspaper Midi Olympique have also suggested that New Zealand’s medical staff asked for a medical report on Hayman’s health and fitness towards the end of 2010.
Mourad Boudjellal has gone on record to say that he does not want to stand in Hayman’s way as long as he comes back at the conclusion of the tournament.
However NZRFU CEO Steve Tew has described the return of Hayman as ‘fanciful’ and that there is no intent from the NZRFU to pursue Hayman for the RWC.
New Zealand has always maintained strong eligibility criteria, with no foreign based players being considered for national honours.
However many of the New Zealand rugby public are now saying that although the policy has served New Zealand rugby well to date, its life span now looks limited and it is starting to look like a dinosaur of a policy.
With many All Blacks destined for off shore at the conclusion of the 2011 tournament, would it make any difference if Hayman was just another of those high and low profile names to join the South Hemisphere exodus to greener pastures.
Could Hayman be the straw that breaks the camel’s back?
Let’s get the grizzly front rower back in the All Black picture, and let’s add Nick Evans while we are at it !Tweet