Matthew Johns

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Tuesday, 27th July, 1971
Current Age
46 years and 142 days
Place Of Birth
Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia

Known Family Links

Brother
Andrew Johns
Son
Jack Johns

Biography

Newcastle pivot formed a lethal partnership with younger brother Andrew at the Knights’ scrumbase. A tough, intelligent player Matthew Johns made his State of Origin debut as partner to his brother in the opening match of the 1995 series. In the absence of an injured Brad Fittler NSW lost the tryless match 2-0 and despite not being used in the remaining two matches Johns beat his talented younger brother to a Test jersey when chosen as a reserve for the final two Tests of the Trans Tasman series. On the World Cup trail at season’s end Matthew Johns played against Great Britain, South Africa and NZ but was a non-playing reserve in the final won by Australia. His next Test appearance was against Fiji during the 1996 season when Super League players were not considered for selection. Newcastle’s grand final win against Manly in 1997 provided Johns with his career highlight and he continued to be among the game’s most resilient competitors at club level. Johns played in two Tests in 1999 - against Great Britain in the Tri-Nations competition and as five-eighth in the 22-20 win over NZ in the final. One of Newcastle’s favourite sons, his forced departure from the club at the end of the 2000 season because of salary cap restrictions caused a public outcry in the ‘Steel City’ but he reluctantly went to England to see out his career. (Johns turned down the chance to play for Wales in the 2000 World Cup because he didn’t want to cheapen his career achievements). After leading English club Wigan in its Super League grand final loss to Bradford, Johns secured a release from the second year of his contract to return to Australia and spent the final season of his career with Cronulla. Johns retired because of a chronic neck injury at the end of 2002 and has since made his mark in the Sydney media with Channel 9.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1995, 1999 8 1 -   - 4 7 1 0 87.50% Match list
Overall 1995-1999 8 1 0   0 4 7 1 0 87.50% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1995-1996 1 1 -   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1996 1 1 0   0 4 1 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 4 - -   - - 3 1 0 75.00% Match list
Overall 1995 4 0 0   0 3 1 0 75.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 1995, 1998 4 - -   - - 0 4 0 0.00% Match list
NSW Country 1996 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1995-1998 5 0 0   0 1 4 0 20.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle NSWRL 1992 5 - -   - - 2 2 1 40.00% Match list
Newcastle NSWRL 1993 17 3 -   2 14 7 10 0 41.18% Match list
Newcastle NSWRL 1994 21 4 -   1 17 9 12 0 42.86% Match list
Newcastle ARL 1995 20 3 0 / 1 0.00% 4 16 12 8 0 60.00% Match list
Newcastle ARL 1996 21 4 -   - 16 10 10 1 47.62% Match list
Newcastle ARL 1997 21 2 -   1 9 14 6 1 66.67% Match list
Newcastle NRL 1998 23 2 -   - 8 15 7 1 65.22% Match list
Newcastle NRL 1999 25 4 -   1 17 14 10 1 56.00% Match list
Newcastle NRL 2000 23 - -   - - 13 9 1 56.52% Match list
Sharks NRL 2002 21 8 -   - 32 13 8 0 61.90% Match list
Overall 1992-2002 197 30 0 / 1 0.00% 9 129 109 82 6 55.33% Match list

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle 1992-00 176 22 - / 1 0.00% 9 97 96 74 6 54.55% Match list
Sharks 2002 21 8 -   - 32 13 8 0 61.90% Match list
Overall 1992-2002 197 30 0 / 1 0.00% 9 129 109 82 6 55.33% Match list

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newcastle 1992, 1995, 1997-00 13 2 -   2 10 6 7 0 46.15% Match list
Sharks 2002 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1992-2002 14 2 0   2 10 7 7 0 50.00% Match list

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wigan Challenge Cup 2001 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Wigan Super League VI 2001 24 3 -   1 13 17 6 1 70.83% Match list
Overall 2001 25 3 0   1 13 17 7 1 68.00% Match list

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Wigan 2001 25 3 -   1 13 17 7 1 68.00% Match list
Overall 2001 25 3 0   1 13 17 7 1 68.00% Match list

Your Say

Rleaguefan says: A very good player in his own right, fantastic and a great halves and kicking coach. (21/09/2011)

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Last modified: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:13:04 +1100 (Sydney time)