Andrew Johns

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Andrew Gary Johns
Nickname(s)
Joey
Born
Sunday, 19th May, 1974
Current Age
43 years and 211 days
Place Of Birth
Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Halfback Of The Year
1995, 1998, 1999, 2002
Dally M Player Of The Year
1998, 1999, 2002
Provan Summons Medal
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
RLW Player of the Year
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Golden Boot Award
1999, 2001
Clive Churchill Medal
2001
Dally M Representative Player Of The Year
2005
Peter Frilingos Memorial Award
2005

Known Family Links

Brother
Matthew Johns
Nephew
Jack Johns

Biography

Andrew Johns’ incisive running, his ability to fire out long, bullet-like passes to his supports, his perfection of a pin-point kicking game and his resolute toughness and competitive instinct earned him unanimous recognition as the world’s best player in 2001. The Newcastle junior followed brother Matthew Johns into the Knights’ top grade in 1993 and quickly established his reputation as a match-winner at halfback. Johns’ effortless goal-kicking style also saw him set records for most points in a match, most points in a season and most career points with the club. In his initial full first-grade match, against Souths in 1994, he scored a club record 23pts (he has since broken that record, scoring 34pts in a match against Canberra in 2001). In 1994 he broke John Schuster’s record for most points in a season and has consistently bettered his own records in ensuing seasons. Johns made his State and Test debut in 1995 at the height of the Super League war (in his Test debut against South Africa in the World Cup, he scored a record-equalling 30 individual points). However, coach Bob Fulton quickly earmarked Johns for an international career as a hooker. This trend was set with Johns’ match-winning performance in the 1995 World Cup final in which he also landed 4 goals in Australia’s win against England. The following year, at a time when the ARL was isolated at international level, he broke his own world record for an international match when he scored 32pts (2t, 12g) in Australia’s 84-14 win over a second-rate Fiji team. (A charismatic player with a sharp sense of humour, his laconic comment after the match was, ‘Does that count?’) In the 1997 ARL grand final he provided one of the most thrilling finishes in rugby league history when he gave the final pass for winger Darren Albert’s try that defeated Manly, 22-16. The following year, in the absence of an injured Paul Harragon, Johns assumed the Newcastle captaincy – an early indication of his leadership qualities. Johns was selected at halfback in front of Allan Langer for the ANZac Test that year and his deeds at club, State and Test level during 1998 earned him the inaugural Provan-Summons Medal as the best and fairest player in the NRL competition. However, following Brisbane’s win in the 1998 grand final, Johns was shifted to hooker and then five-eighth in the remaining Tests of that series. Despite battling a crippling groin injury that handed rival Brett Kimmorley the Test halfback role in the Tri-series competition at the end of 1999, Johns won the international ‘Golden Boot’ award as the best player in the world. Two operations saw Johns return to the field injured in early part of the 2000 season in an effort to regain his Test position as a halfback. For the second year in succession he was chosen as hooker for the ANZac Test but withdrew at the team medical because he felt he couldn’t play a full match in the forwards. Johns made his return from an ankle injury on the bench in the final two matches of the State of Origin series. Towards the end of the season, he signed a four-year deal with the Knights after originally threatening to leave the club over its failure to sign his brother Matthew to a new deal. Overcoming the pain of losing the preliminary final to the Sydney Roosters in extraordinary circumstances (Newcastle led 16-2 before going down 20-16) Johns reverted to the hooker role in Australia’s successful World Cup campaign. After returning from an knee injury that kept him out of NSW’s State of Origin team in 2001, Johns scored a club record 279pts for the season, won a fourth consecutive Provan-Summons Medal (1998-01), captained the Knights to grand final glory against premiership favourites P’matta, won a second ‘Golden Boot’ Award as International Player of the Year and played halfback in Australia’s Ashes series win against Great Britain. The greatest point-scorer in the Knights’ history, ‘Joey’ Johns captained NSW from 2002-05 (winning three straight series after the 2002 series was drawn) and led Australia to a record 64-10 Test win against Great Britain (2002) and a crushing 48-6 defeat of NZ (2003). Career-threatening injuries ruined his 2003 finals campaign and his entire 2004 season but he turned his back on a move to RU to resume his incredible career in 2005. Newcastle finished last in 2005 after Johns was again injured in the early part of the year but after leading NSW and returning to the Test arena (Darren Lockyer retained the Australian captaincy) he announced his retirement from rep football after Australia’s 50-12 win over NZ in Brisbane in May 2006. That year, amid speculation that he may be the greatest player the game has seen, Andrew Johns set a new record for club games with the Newcastle club before surpassing Darryl Halligan’s League record for most career points.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1995, 1998-03, 2005-06 23 9 66   - 168 20 3 0 86.96% Match list
Overall 1995-2006 23 9 66   0 168 20 3 0 86.96% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1995-1997 3 3 23   - 58 3 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1996-1997 3 3 23   0 58 3 0 0 100.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1995, 2000 9 5 27   - 74 9 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1995-2000 9 5 27   0 74 9 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 1995-00, 2002-03, 2005 23 4 37   4 94 13 8 2 56.52% Match list
NSW Country 1995-96, 2003 3 1 7   - 18 1 2 0 33.33% Match list
Overall 1995-2005 26 5 44   4 112 14 10 2 53.85% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle NSWRL 1993 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Newcastle NSWRL 1994 21 7 65 / 96 67.71% 4 162 8 13 0 38.10% Match list
Newcastle ARL 1995 23 6 85 / 109 77.98% - 194 16 7 0 69.57% Match list
Newcastle ARL 1996 18 3 64 / 90 71.11% 2 142 9 8 1 50.00% Match list
Newcastle ARL 1997 11 2 43 / 58 74.14% - 94 9 2 0 81.82% Match list
Newcastle NRL 1998 26 7 74 / 117 63.25% 5 181 18 7 1 69.23% Match list
Newcastle NRL 1999 22 7 76 / 105 72.38% 4 184 13 8 1 59.09% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2000 23 8 84 / 130 64.62% - 200 12 10 1 52.17% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2001 21 14 110 / 135 81.48% 3 279 17 3 1 80.95% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2002 22 10 102 / 125 81.60% 2 246 16 6 0 72.73% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2003 16 4 65 / 79 82.28% - 146 10 6 0 62.50% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2004 3 - 7 / 13 53.85% - 14 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2005 16 3 54 / 69 78.26% 1 121 8 8 0 50.00% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2006 22 9 85 / 106 80.19% 1 207 13 9 0 59.09% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2007 2 - 3 / 3 100.00% - 6 1 1 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1993-2007 249 80 917 / 1235 74.25% 22 2,176 154 90 5 61.85% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle 1993-07 249 80 917 / 1235 74.25% 22 2176 154 90 5 61.85% Match list
Overall 1993-2007 249 80 917 / 1235 74.25% 22 2,176 154 90 5 61.85% Match list

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle 1993-2006 17 4 49   1 115 10 7 0 58.82% Match list
Overall 1995-2006 17 4 49   1 115 10 7 0 58.82% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle 1993-07 250 82 920   22 2190 154 91 5 61.60% Match list
Overall 1993-2007 250 82 920   22 2,190 154 91 5 61.60% Match list

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Warrington Super League X 2005 3 1 12   1 29 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 2005 3 1 12   1 29 2 1 0 66.67% Match list

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Warrington 2005 3 1 12   1 29 2 1 0 66.67% Match list
Overall 2005 3 1 12   1 29 2 1 0 66.67% Match list

Your Say

Nick says: The greatest to ever put on a pair of boots.
Brilliant general play kicker and goal kicker, an unparalled ballplayer and one of few halfbacks who could tackle and run like a back rower. Phil Gould's quote sums it up best: "It's unfair to compare players of past eras to Andrew Johns because he's better then they were". (27/09/2009)

Will says: Legend. Off-field should not tarnish the on-field dominance he had. (11/04/2012)

Cameron says: The greatest Rugby League player the world has ever seen and ever will see. Outstanding kicking game, wonderful goal kicker, perfect passing game, always knew when to run to the line and a brilliant defender as well. One word sums him up "Legend". (11/06/2012)

Lachlan Cole says: One of the greatest players to ever play the game. A massive figure for Newcastle winning those two premierships. Overall one of the greatest players I have ever seen. (05/01/2014)

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