After a few days of speculation it appears that Australian born rugby player Hayden Smith will sign as a Tight End with the New York Jets. The news was broken earlier today when his training coach, Tim Brewster, reportedly announced the signing via twitter. (I since have been unable to locate the exact tweet.) Smith was born in Penrith, NSW but was largely schooled in the US. There he played college basketball before turning to rugby union in 2008. He quickly dominated his new sport and made the US team and played in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He projects as an ideal Tight End in the 'new model' standing 6'6" (oddly I have also found accounts claiming he is actually 6'7" and 6'8") and around 260 pounds. Smith follows in the same footsteps as other college basketball-turned-NFL-tight ends such as Antonio Gates, who was also trained for the NFL by Tim Brewster. Although, playing rugby at the highest level for the last four years certainly adds a wonderfully physical twist. If Smith is found to adapt to the NFL well it might inspire more scouts to look at Australian rugby talent as potential NFL stars. While no official announcement has been made by the Jets, we'll keep you updated as more information is revealed.