James Graham’s fiery NRL debut season
For today’s daily video update, I’ve gone back to Australia to shed light on James Graham’s debut season in the NRL, which was as controversial as it was successful. Here are a couple of clips from his 2012 season with the Bulldogs.
“Run again, son!”
In this brilliant clip, Graham (wearing number 14), is seen tackling Manly prop Jason King then having a few words while holding him down. It erupts after the play of the ball and a small scrap ensues. The highlight of this, however, is being able to hear Graham’s shouts to King when the referee intervenes. Thank the heavens for microphones.
Mike Tyson part two
Graham didn’t exactly cover himself in glory with this one. Playing in the NRL Grand Final in his debut year, he got involved in a fight with the notoriously stubborn Billy Slater and appeared to gnaw on his ear. A panel representing the NRL found him guilty of biting and gave him a 12-match ban.
Taking on Burgess
When Sam Burgess left for the NRL, he was considered the best forward in Super League. James Graham took over his mantle on his departure, so the latter’s move to the Bulldogs meant the 2012 NRL season would help decide once and for all who the best English forward was. When the Rabbitohs took on Canterbury, it was left to these compatriots to battle for supremacy. Go to 1m 51s in the below video them trying to rip each other apart, or alternatively click here.