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Jarryd Hayne to debut in 49ers season opener

FORMER rugby league star Jarryd Hayne is set to make a fairytale NFL debut, after earning a spot in the San Francisco 49ers' squad to take on the Minnesota Vikings today.

The former Eels, Blues and Kangaroos star is set to line up as the 49ers' third running back, behind Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush.

He will also be expected to act as a kick/punt returner, a special teams position he excelled in during the pre-season.

BREAKING: @jarrydhayne_1 is in! He's just been named to make his @NFL debut for the @49ers. #TenNews pic.twitter.com/0LytdoEG4B

@jarrydhayne_1@NFL@49ers#TenNewspic.twitter.com/0LytdoEG4BSeptember 15, 2015

The 49ers announced via Twitter the seven players on the inactive list for the clash, with Hayne not among them.

DeAnrew White (wide receiver) and Mike Davis (running back) will miss out, named on that inactive list.

Jarryd Hayne fielding punts in warmups. The Australian is active and will make his regular season NFL debut tonight. pic.twitter.com/LDShsfusV8

pic.twitter.com/LDShsfusV8September 15, 2015

The 49ers will play the Vikings in their season opener at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, with the game to start at 12.20pm (AEST).

Players inactive for tonight's game. #MNF #BeatTheVikings pic.twitter.com/6WANxV4PNi

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Earlier, Hayne retweeted an inspirational post, summing up his story so far.

Wise words from Misty Copeland. #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/Q3jXARHvaY

#MondayMotivationpic.twitter.com/Q3jXARHvaYSeptember 14, 2015