The Independent has reported that NFL scouts will attend this weekend’s England vs Scotland fixture at Twickenham on their search for fresh talen.
They’re on the lookout for talent, with England’s superstar lock Maro Itoje unerstood to be under the close inspection.
One NFL agent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Independent that representatives from the rugby world have reached out increasingly over the past 18 months to see if their clients would be potentially desirable to league franchises.
Another NFL agent, Adam Seifer, told The Independent: “The NFL has always been about freak athletes – tall, strong, fast guys – and we are seeing more and more of these come from outside the States,”
Rugby league superstar Jarryd Hayne made the switch to NFL with the San Francisco 49ers in 2015 but reversed course after an unspectacular season largely spent as a kick returner.
Nevertheless, Hayne pocketed approximately US$1.5m and even a spot on a practice squad in the NFL would prove far more lucrative than most rugby union contracts.
Meanwhile, NFL prospect Psalm Wooching announced on he would be forgoing his potential NFL career to play rugby full-time with a view to representing the USA at the next Olympics.