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Huddersfield forward Kenny Edwards has been banned for 10 matches after being found guilty of poking an opponent up the bum.

The New Zealand-born 31-year-old was handed a grade F charge of “contrary behaviour” following Thursday’s clash with his former club Catalans.

Edwards publicly defended himself and pointed out his long-term friendship with Kasiano, who had also supported him in reports in Australia.

But the RFL disciplinary ruled against the former Parramatta player, and handed him a ban two matches longer than the minimum eight required for his charge.

Edwards had a previous spell at last week's opponents Catalans
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The grade of the charge was found to be correct by the Independent Tribunal and Edwards was also handed a £500 fine.

It rules the 31-year-old out for the majority of the year at a time when the Giants say they had 20 players unavailable for Tuesday night’s cancelled game with Castleford.

That was awarded as a 24-0 win to the Tigers, and this is another blow in what has become a troubled campaign for Ian Watson’s squad.

Huddersfield have won just three times in 12 games despite being tipped as competition dark horses before the season kicked off.