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Taumalolo, Holmes to be asked back to US

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/11/2016

NRL stars Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes will reportedly be invited back to the United States for a second trial for NFL recruiters.

The pair impressed scouts from 14 NFL teams during a two-hour workout in Los Angeles on Saturday, performing cone drills, a 40-yard (36m) sprint and other skills and agility exercises.

Five clubs have formally expressed interest in the players returning to again test their abilities in front of NFL scouts, according to News Corp Australia.

It is unknown when rampaging New Zealand and North Queensland forward Taumalolo and Cronulla backline ace Holmes will be requested to return to the US.

February's annual NFL scouting combine, a week-long showcase involving top college draft prospects, is one option for their return.

That, however, would clash with their NRL clubs' preparations for 2017 as pre-season training nears completion.

<span style="font-size:13px;">Five NFL franchises reportedly want star NRL pair Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes to return to the US for a second trial.</span> © Getty Images Five NFL franchises reportedly want star NRL pair Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes to return to the US for a second trial.

Taumalolo, 23, and Holmes, 21, say they remain committed to their NRL teams for 2017 - the last years of their contracts - but if offered an NFL contract would move to the US in 2018.

"To come over here and have another go at a sport is another challenge for us," said Taumalolo, who has played nine Tests for the Kiwis.

A Philadelphia Eagles scout, who asked not to be named, said Saturday's workout was just the first step of their NFL journey.

"They are big, strong athletes," the Eagles scout said on Saturday.

"The balance, strength, body control, the change in direction, they have that.

"Their discipline today was outstanding."

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