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NRL Profile: Shaun Johnson

Shaun Johnson has been described as one of the best rugby league players to come from New Zealand and he will be key for the Warriors in 2024.

We take a look at his background and rugby league career to date.


Shaun Johnson


New Zealand Warriors





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Johnson had an outstanding 2023 NRL campaign and just missed out on winning the prestigious Dally M medal.

The Kiwi missed out by a solitary point, with Newcastle’s Kalyn Ponga taking the honours.

Johnson will look to put that disappointment behind him and kick on in the 2024 NRL season.

The playmaker has a huge role to play for the Warriors this season, and he can be backed at 23.00 to be Top Points Scorer in the NRL.

The Warriors were arguably the surprise package of the 2023 NRL season when they managed to finish in the top four.

They went down fighting against Brisbane Broncos in the preliminary final but will be targeting another strong season.

The Warriors can be backed at 3.75 to make the top four once again.

Background and profile

Johnson was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and played his early rugby with the Hibiscus Coast Raiders in the Auckland Rugby League.

Johnson was soon snapped up by the New Zealand Warriors and made his NRL debut in round 13 of the 2011 season.

In his next match against Wests Tigers, Johnson scored his first try, and the points have been piled on since then.

Johnson’s first stint with the Warriors stretched to 2018, when he made 162 appearances and scored 917 points.

Then in 2019, Johnson made the switch to NRL rivals Cronulla Sharks, who he would go on to represent on 44 occasions, scoring 263 points.

Johnson returned to the Warriors midway through the 2021 season and has once again been a hugely influential player for the club.

He has played 46 games, scoring 218 points, and was key in helping the Warriors into the top four in 2023.

Representative career

Johnson represented New Zealand between 2012 and 2019, making 32 appearances for his country and scoring 223 points.

He also represented the NRL All Stars in 2013.

What to expect

Johnson may be 33, but is showing no signs of slowing down. Indeed he is getting better with age and was named Dally M halfback of the year in 2023.

If Johnson can stay fit and on the park, he will once again be making the Warriors tick in the forthcoming season.

Johnson’s creativity is second to none, and he is deadly when it comes to kicking goals, sometimes when the pressure is really on.

The halfback also chips in with some crucial tries and is always in the thick of the action.

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