• Cronulla's Wade Graham missed Origin II due to suspension. (AAP)Source: AAP
Wade Graham has finally secured a State of Origin berth, but it could be taken away from him after a high tackle charge.
By
Adam Santarossa

14 Jun 2016 - 3:48 PM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2016 - 3:48 PM

Wade Graham will need the assistance of the NRL judiciary if he is to make his State of Origin debut next week.

The Sharks back rower was named in the New South Wales side on Tuesday evening, just minutes after he was placed on report in his sides win over the North Queensland Cowboys.

The match review committee decided to take action for Graham’s high tackle on Cowboys half Johnathan Thurston in the closing stages of Monday night’s match.

Graham was leveled with a Grade One careless high tackle charge, which rules him out of the decider.

Usually in this instance an early guilty plea would downgrade the charge enough for Graham not to miss a game; however 33 carry over points from a similar offence last season means Graham will have to fight the charge in order to make his long awaited Origin debut.

It was a roller coaster of emotions for the 25-year-old who went from the ecstasy of the Sharks tenth straight victory and his Origin selection, to learning that his place in Laurie Daley's side was in jeopardy.

Graham will leave New South Wales camp to return to Sydney and face the judiciary on Wednesday evening.

“First being selected, now being charged, it’s kind of hard to process at the moment.

"Obviously disappointed, I have to go back down to Sydney now. That will be tomorrow night, get back down to Sydney and see how we go”, said Graham.

Graham was the only change made by New South Wales coach Laurie Daley, with the Sharks star coming in for the injured Boyd Cordner.

NSW Origin II team

  1. Matt Moylan
  2. Blake Ferguson
  3. Michael Jennings
  4. Josh Morris
  5. Josh Mansour
  6. James Maloney
  7. Adam Reynolds
  8. Aaron Woods
  9. Robbie Farah
  10. James Tamou
  11. Wade Graham
  12. Josh Jackson
  13. Paul Gallen (capt)
  14. Dylan Walker
  15. Greg Bird
  16. David Klemmer
  17. Andrew Fifita

Development players: Bryce Cartwright and Jack Bird

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