Jarryd Hayne has been spotted enjoying his final days of freedom hanging out with mates before he's sentenced for rape on Thursday.
The former NRL superstar faces up to 14 years behind bars after a NSW District Court jury recently found him guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
Hayne, 33, has kept a low profile since the trial, where bail was given with a $50,000 surety.
He made a rare appearance on social media on the Instagram of former NRL teammate Corey Norman on Tuesday, two days out from learning his fate in Newcastle District Court.
The St George Illawarra Dragons star uploaded a photo of himself catching up with Hayne and a friend.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Jarryd Hayne (pictured, centre) look relaxed while catching up with former NRL teammate Corey Norman (right) and a frind (left), two days out from being sentenced for rape
'Catch ups,' Norman captioned the photo, along with an emoji depicting two raised hands.
Casually dressed in a hoodie, tracksuit pants and trainers, Hayne looked relaxed as he grinned for the camera, despite an 'inevitable' jail sentence looming over him.
Norman has come under fire for the timing of the photo two days out from Hayne's sentencing as negative comments were quickly deleted.
'Catch ya's ** before Hayne goes to jail,' one commented.
Another added: 'How long until this gets deleted?'
'Saying goodbye,' another follower quipped.
Some followers leapt to Norman's defence.
'Why bother following Normy if your all just gonna leave s*** comments like that. Man people need to give it a rest,' one wrote.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Another added: 'All these haters they only read media reports. Get a life ya fools and stop reading the news.'
Jarryd Hayne proposed to Amellia Bonnici on Christmas Day and the couple married a month later - but he is now likely to be sent to jail after being found guilty of rape
Hayne has also been spending precious time with new wife Amellia Bonnici and their four-year-old daughter Beliviah Ivy Hayne after he was warned by Judge Helen Syme at his trial that jail was 'inevitable'.
He spent the Easter long weekend at Ettalong Beach on the NSW Central Coast, playing with a football in the ocean and swimming with family and friends.
'He was relaxed and smiling, throwing a ball with a mate and a child,' an onlooker told The Australian at the time.
'He spent hours on the beach and in the water. You'd never know from looking at him that these are possibly his final days of freedom.'
He proposed to Ms Bonnici on Christmas Day and married in a secret ceremony a month later on Australia Day, which coincided with their five year anniversary.
Corey Norman (right) has come under fire for posting a photo hanging out with Hayne two days out from being sentenced. The negative comments pictured were later deleted
Hayne was found guilty of two charges of sexual intercourse without consent.
He was found not guilty of the more serious alternative charges of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent inflicting actual bodily harm, which would have carried an even longer sentence.
Hayne has indicated he plans to appeal the conviction.
'I'd rather go to jail knowing I spoke the truth than be a free man living a lie,' he said outside court following his guilty verdict in March.
The former Parramatta Eels and Gold Coast Titans NRL star was once celebrated as a preeminent Australian sports star - the product of a house commission family from Minto in Sydney's west who became one of the country's most recognisable and revered athletes.
Once regarded as one of the biggest superstars in the NRL, Jarryd Hayne faces up to 14 years behind bars when he's sentenced on Thursday
Dressed in a black suit and tie, Hayne, 33, bowed his head in the witness box as the first guilty verdict to a rape charge was entered
Hayne put together one of the finest individual seasons in rugby league history in 2009, leading the Eels to the grand final and winning the Dally M medal as the game's finest player.
He also had a two-year hiatus to attempt to crack America's National Football League, playing pre-season