Jesse Bromwich could be hit with one of the NRL’s biggest ever suspensions when he fronts the judiciary on Wednesday night to defend himself against allegations of biting.
Melbourne prop Bromwich is accused of biting St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan in the 69th minute of the Storm’s win over the Dragons in Napier on Saturday.
The New Zealand international has had his dangerous contact referred straight to the judiciary.
Dugan will appear at the judiciary to testify against Bromwich.
The last player found guilty of biting was Canterbury prop James Graham in the 2012 grand final loss to the Storm.
Graham was hit with a 12-game ban, the equal third longest suspension in NRL history.
A similar ban would rub Bromwich out of the rest of the NRL season and the Kiwi’s end of season tour to Europe.
LONGEST NRL SUSPENSIONS
July 2004: Danny Williams, striking, 18 matches
March 2005: John Hopoate, striking, 17 matches
August 2004: Clint Newton, striking, 12 matches
March 2001: John Hopoate, contrary conduct, 12 matches
July 2012: Travis Burns, intentional high tackle, 12 matches
September 2012: James Graham, contrary conduct – biting, 12 matches
March 2003: Luke O’Donnell, striking, 11 matches
April 2002: Tim Maddison, striking, 10 matches
April 2004: Greg Bird, striking, 10 matches
August 2005: Luke MacDougall, grade five dangerous throw, 10 matches
May 1998: Josh Stuart, intentional high tackle, 10 matches
June 2006: Lopini Paea, grade five dangerous throw, 10 matches
NRL players charge with biting
Round 2, 2001: Chris Beattie (Cronulla) – guilty, two weeks
Round 21, 2002: Luke Bailey (St George Illawarra) – exonerated
Round 14, 2006: Fuifui Moimoi (Parramatta) – exonerated
Round 21, 2007: Brad Morrin (Canterbury) – guilty, eight weeks
Round 3, 2008: Jarrad Saffy (St George Illawarra) – exonerated
Round 23, 2009: William Zillman (Gold Coast) – guilty, 4 weeks
Round 23, 2010: Scott Bolton (North Queensland) – exonerated
Grand final, 2012: James Graham (Canterbury) – guilty, 12 weeks
Source: Fox Sports Stats