Inside Jarryd Hayne’s new life in one of Sydney’s toughest jails as the rapist footy star learns the ‘reality of prison’ and has a series of demands denied
- Disgraced NRL star Jarryd Hayne, 33, asked for Foxtel in his Parklea prison cell
- Inmate was quickly told no prisoners have access to pay TV, only free to air
- Hayne also asked for his washing to be done, as he serves time for rape offences
Fallen NRL star and convicted rapist Jarryd Hayne is quickly learning life in a prison cell is no holiday after he was denied access to Foxtel and clean washing.
Hayne, 33, who was recently jailed for a minimum term of three years and eight months for sexually assaulting a woman in her Newcastle home in 2018, reportedly requested pay television over the prison intercom last Sunday.
The former NSW Blues State of Origin winger is being housed in isolation inside a special wing of the Parklea Correctional Centre, in Sydney’s north-west.
Most prisoners have TVs in their cells, but not luxuries such as Foxtel.
Fallen NRL star Jarryd Hayne (pictured) has requested Foxtel in his jail cell at Parklea in Sydney’s north-west – his request was denied
The one-time NFL player with the San Francisco 49ers (right) also requested his laundry be done – despite being a jail prisoner
Hayne’s jail dinners typically consist of boiled eggs, cucumber and pasta salad (pictured)
‘They told him, he’s in jail, no inmate gets Foxtel,’ a prison source told the Daily Telegraph.
‘He will start to realise now the reality of prison life. He has a small confined room and everything is done on jail time, not his.’
Hayne will also need to quickly learn to fend for himself behind bars.
He won’t be given a doona to keep warm over winter, and takeaway coffee as well as gourmet food is also unattainable.
The one-time Parramatta Eels fullback also reportedly asked for his laundry to be done – only to be informed washing was done once a week and only on a specified day.
What Hayne has to eat each day presumably won’t please the former cross-code gun athlete.
Dinner often consists of boiled eggs with coleslaw, with cucumber and lettuce sandwiches for lunch offerings.
Once he begins a prison job Hayne can buy his own food from a set menu – which is far from restaurant quality.
Due to his high profile, Hayne has been designated as a ‘special interest inmate’ by NSW corrective services.
Due to his high profile, Hayne has been designated as a ‘special interest inmate’ by NSW corrective services
Jarryd Hayne (pictured right) was jailed for a minimum of three years and eight months for raping a woman at her home in 2018 (he is pictured with wife Amellia Bonnici)
Hayne is being housed at the Parklea Correctional Centre (pictured) in Sydney’s north-west
Having completed a 14-day Covid isolation stint on May 21, he is expected to be classified as a ‘non-association’ prisoner in the interim – for his own safety.
Last week a number of fellow inmates threw apples at Hayne, with the ex-footballer acutely aware he won’t be receiving any special treatment.
Hayne, who has always maintained his innocence, has already filed a notice of intention to appeal his sentence for following his rape conviction.
He has 12 months to submit his grounds of appeal and is eligible for parole in January 2025.
TIMELINE TO JARRYD HAYNE’S FOOTBALL DOWNFALL
1988: Jarryd Hayne is born in Sydney, the son of Manoa Thompson and Jodie Hayne.
1994: Hayne begins playing junior rugby league in western Sydney.
2006: Hayne makes his NRL debut for the Parramatta Eels aged 18 against the Penrith Panthers.
2007: The speedster makes his representative debut for New South Wales and Australia.
2008: He signs a $2million extension with Parramatta.
2008: Hayne was shot by a bikie gang member during a night out in Sydney’s Kings Cross, an event he said was a turning point in his life.
2008: After missing out on a place in the Kangaroos World Cup squad he plays for Fiji, later turning to religion.
2009: The star fullback leads the Eels to the NRL Grand Final and wins his first Dally M Medal.
2014: Hayne wins a second Dally M Medal and leads the NRL in tries scored.
2014: He announces his departure from rugby league to attempt a career in the NFL.
2015: Hayne signs a three-year contract for US$1.58million with the San Francisco 49ers.
2015: Hayne is accused of raping a virgin during a night out in San Jose, California – an allegation Hayne denies.
2016: He retires from the NFL and joins the Fiji rugby sevens team in the hopes of making the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2016: Hayne returns to the NRL signing with the Gold Coast Titans on a million-dollar contract.
2018: He signs with the Parramatta Eels on a cheaper-than-usual contract.
2018: Hayne is charged with aggravated sexual assault relating to an alleged incident on Grand Final night in the Hunter region.
2021: The footy star is found guilty of rape in Newcastle District Court and sentenced to a minimum term of three years and eight months behind bars.