Proctor to deny biting at NRL judiciary

A furious Kevin Proctor will deny a biting charge at the NRL judiciary after his case was sent straight to the panel by the match review committee on Sunday.

Proctor faces a lengthy ban from the NRL if found guilty on Tuesday night, after becoming the first player in the league's history to be sent off for biting.

The Gold Coast captain's NRL future could also rest on the decision, given he is off contract at the end of the year and no guarantee of being re-signed.

But he insisted on Sunday he had not bitten Cronulla's Shaun Johnson, doubling down on claims he felt as if he was being choked and couldn't breathe when the halfback's arm was across his mouth.

"I will be telling the NRL judiciary I didn't bite Shaun Johnson," Proctor told the Courier Mail.

"I didn't bite him, I am 100 per cent on that. I will fight to the death to clear my name.

"I'm so pissed off about this."

Former players Brad Fittler and Gorden Tallis leapt to Proctor's defence on Sunday, after the Titans' head of performance Mal Meninga did likewise on Saturday.

"The fact is, his hand's right in his mouth anyway," Fittler said on Nine Network's Footy Show.

"His mouth was around his arm but I think he didn't have much other chance for it not to be.

"Poor old Kevin Proctor, the bloke's got his forearm down his throat just about. What are you supposed to do?"

It comes after Johnson said he did not want the case to proceed against his close friend and Kiwis teammate.

But that could mean little on Tuesday night at NRL headquarters.

The NRL will still use television footage of the incident, with referee Henry Perenara claiming there was a "definite bite" after conferring with the bunker.

Four players have been found guilty of biting since the Super League war in the 1990s.

James Graham's penalty of 12 games is the most significant after his infamous 2012 grand final ear bite on Billy Slater.

Slater did not give evidence on the night, but that did little to save Graham.

Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich was the most recent to front the judiciary on such a charge, found not guilty of biting Josh Dugan in 2015.

On that occasion Dugan offered evidence in the hearing.


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

Round 21, 2015: Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne) - exonerated

Round 14, 2020: Kevin Proctor (Gold Coast) - referred to judiciary