England prop James Graham has pleaded not guilty to an NRL dangerous contact charge.
The Canterbury Bulldog was on Monday cited for allegedly biting the ear of Melbourne full-back Billy Slater during Sunday's Grand Final between the two clubs.
With video evidence appearing to suggest the 27-year-old former St Helens captain had a case to answer, it was reported he would be facing a lengthy ban, possibly of up to 12 games. That could still be the case, with his not guilty plea leaving him open to further sanction if the NRL judiciary panel decide he has committed an offence.
Graham has been named in England`s 24-man squad for the autumn international series against France and Wales.