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Tabloids linking Jarryd Hayne to pop star Dinah-Jane Hansen (pic)

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Jarryd Hayne’s NFL regular season debut got off to an inauspicious start when he muffed up his shot at returning a punt by fumbling the ball during the San Francisco 49ers’ 20-3 win Monday night over the Minnesota Vikings. But the former Australian rugby superstar-turned-long shot training camp darling-turned NFL player is seeing his star rise Stateside. And it might have gotten him linked to a pop star by the gossip hounds.

Hayne, 27, posed for photograph after Monday night’s game in the bowels of Levi’s Stadium with Fifth Harmony singer Dinah-Jane Hansen, 18, whom the New York Post tabbed as the running back’s “rumored new squeeze.”

Obviously, a photograph of two people simply posing together doesn’t mean anything more than the fact they were in the same place at the same time. But it goes to show just how Hayne has captivated fans in the U.S. with his underdog-like ascension to an NFL roster. At the same time, it’s not like any American news outlets are live-blogging his games, as was the case when The Guardian hilariously did so for his NFL debut.

(image via FOX Sports)