NRL star Taumalolo set for NFL trials

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North Queensland Cowboys star Jason Taumalolo is heading to the United States for NFL trials.

The New Zealand international has received the Cowboys' backing, after featuring in his team's loss to Australia in the Four Nations final on Sunday.

Taumalolo would be the latest to swap NRL for NFL, with Gold Coast Titans star Jarryd Hayne having played for the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cowboys confirmed news of the 23-year-old Taumalolo's trial on Monday.

"Jason Taumalolo heading to US for NFL testing with club's full knowledge and backing," they tweeted.

Reports earlier this year had linked Taumalolo with an NFL switch, before he played 27 games for the Cowboys in the NRL.

Taumalolo was the joint winner of the Dally M Medal and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Golden Boot Award.