Billy Slater holds no grudge against Graham

Last updated 14:58 10/10/2012
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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 on Wednesday.

''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.''

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