NRL: Slater holds no malice toward Graham

Billy Slater says he holds no grudges against Canterbury's James Graham and insists he's moved on from the biting furore which saw the English prop banned for 12 matches. Photo / Getty Images.
Billy Slater says he holds no grudges against Canterbury's James Graham and insists he's moved on from the biting furore which saw the English prop banned for 12 matches. Photo / Getty Images.

Billy Slater says he holds no grudges against Canterbury's James Graham and insists he's moved on from the biting furore which saw the English prop banned for 12 matches.

Slater, who's left ear still showed a small mark from the incident in the first half of Melbourne's 14-4 grand final win over the Bulldogs 10 days ago, said he and Graham had shaken hands after the game, and he bears no malice towards the 27-year-old.

"It was behind me as soon as the game was over," Slater said before Kangaroos training in Townsville today.

"Things happen on the rugby league field. There is a lot of emotion, and I am a player who has done stuff and regretted stuff in the past, so I hold no grudges, you shake hands and you move on."

Slater wore a knee brace on Tuesday during training and only ran for the first time on Wednesday without it but said he had no concerns about the problem, which has affected him since the second State of Origin clash this year, where he damaged his posterior cruciate ligament.

"The knee is fine and I am very happy with where it is," he said.

A capacity crowd is expected at Dairy Farmers Stadium for Australia's clash with New Zealand on Saturday, and North Queensland skipper Jonathan Thurston tipped local support to give a hostile welcome to Kiwis playmaker Kieran Foran.

Foran's controversial knock-on led to a try for Manly that eliminated the Cowboys from the NRL finals in September.

The incident saw the New Zealand star leap above Thurston and palm the ball forward during the Sea Eagles' win.

But it was missed by the video referees with Foran later admitting he did touch the ball having originally denied it after the game.

The Kangaroos five-eighth joked that the locals had long memories and won't let Foran off the hook easily.

"Let's hope so, hey?" Thurston said.

"The fans love their footy up here and are very vocal."


-AAP

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