WELCOME to The Mole’s Monday Scoops! Here’s the highly accurate rodent’s best work this week . . .
NRL clubs showing interest in England star
Several NRL clubs are looking at poaching Wigan and England five-eighth George Williams for next season.
Williams is under contract to Wigan but is believed to be keen to try his hand in the NRL in the wake of the success of the likes of the Burgess brothers and James Graham in recent years.
Williams stood out in a disappointing England team in the recent Four Nations, starting against Scotland with good effect and coming off the bench against the Kangaroos.
Look for his agent to open talks with NRL clubs in coming weeks.
Valentine not at Holmes in the NFL
Cronulla fans can breathe a sigh or relief – my spies in Los Angeles tell me Valentine Holmes is unlikely to make the cut at the NFL trials.
The same can’t be said for Jason Taumalolo, however – he has been blitzing the field and has impressed scouts with his speed and athleticism.
I’m hearing at least three NFL clubs are willing to give the 23-year-old Cowboys enforcer a trial contract for 2017-18.
Holmes has done okay – but there are 1000 young American kids who have been playing NFL since the age of five who can perform similar or better times to the ones he has produced.
Blair scratches head over one line Wayne
Adam Blair wasn’t surprised by the drama surrounding Wayne Bennett’s abrupt interviews as England coach during the Four Nations – admitting he treats Brisbane players the same way.
Bennett was branded “disgraceful” for his curt replies to the BBC during the Four Nations.
“Wayne’s Wayne. He does it a fair bit to the players – one line and that’s it,” Kiwi prop Blair told English media. “I don’t know what Wayne thinks when he does his stuff.”
Meanwhile, Blair denied internet rumours of an off-season switch to Super League champions Wigan.
Former NRL star has gone missing
The family and friends of former Eels and Roosters forward Chad Robinson are concerned for his well being after he went missing over the weekend.
Robinson, 36, was a popular forward in the 2000s who played over 150 first grade games and also represented City against Country.
Robinson was last seen on Saturday, in Beaumont Hills, west of Sydney, driving a silver Subaru Forrester, license plate CME54F.
His supporters have launched a massive campaign on social media to find Robinson and are urging anyone who spots him or the car to contact police.