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McGillvary faces 12-week ban for biting charge

Jermaine McGillvary’s World Cup could be over after he was charged with biting Lebanon’s Robbie Farah.

If found guilty at Wednesday’s disciplinary hearing, the England winger is facing a ban of up to 12 weeks which would end his tournament.

He would also miss the first few week’s of the 2018 Super League season with the ban carried over into the player’s domestic competition.

Recent history shows that players found guilty of biting in the NRL are usually banned for between 8 and 12 weeks, although England are almost certain to fight the charge.

The alleged incident saw Lebanon captain Farah make a formal complaint during the match to referee Ben Thaler and it will now be reviewed by the World Cup’s match review panel.

Wayne Bennett will be sweating on the outcome of Wednesday’s hearing, which takes place at 6pm local time, after the England head coach only picked two wingers in his 24-man squad for the tournament.

McGillvary has been arguably England’s best player in both matches so far but his World Cup dream could be over if found guilty of the charge at NRL headquarters.

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