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James Graham will miss England's Autumn Series against France and Wales through suspension

Last Updated: 05/10/12 7:01am

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James Graham: Banned for 12 matches after being found guilty of biting Billy Slater's ear

James Graham: Banned for 12 matches after being found guilty of biting Billy Slater's ear

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England prop James Graham has been banned for 12 matches after being found guilty of biting Billy Slater's ear in Sunday's NRL Grand Final.

The Canterbury Bulldogs man was cited over an incident involving Melbourne's Australian international full-back in a match which the Storm won 14-4.

Graham was not sent off with match referee Tony Archer opting to place him on report, stating he did not have enough evidence to take further action.

The 27-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charge, but the NRL judiciary panel took less than 10 minutes deliberating to reach a guilty verdict.

The former St Helens man was included in England's squad for the Autumn Series to face France and Wales, although the suspension means he will now sit out the series.

Bulldogs' chief executive Todd Greenberg said: "We disagree with the ruling, but do not dispute the process."

Ever-present

The 2008 Man of Steel has been a virtual ever-present in the national team since making his Great Britain debut in 2006, and he made his 18th England appearance in last November's Four Nations final against Australia at Elland Road.

The suspension could also scupper Graham's chances of captaining his country.

Graham stepped in as captain for the 2010 Four Nations Series in Australia and New Zealand when Adrian Morley was injured in the warm-up match, and was thought to be among the candidates to succeed Jamie Peacock following his retirement from the international game earlier this year.

Graham, from Maghull in Merseyside, had enjoyed a hugely-impressive debut season in the NRL but his reputation suffered serious damage through his "moment of madness" in the Grand Final.

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