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Confirmed - Johns Retires

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by fLIP, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

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    Andrew Johns has announced his immediate retirement from rugby league due to a neck injury.

    He reached his decision after undergoing CAT scans and meeting a spinal specialist earlier on Tuesday.

    The 32-year-old aggravated a previous neck injury at training last Thursday in a collision with team-mates Daniel Abraham and Adam Woolnough.

    The former NSW and Australian Test captain called an end to his stellar career following hours of talks with leading spinal specialist Professor John Yeo.

    Johns, underwent CAT scans Tuesday morning after aggravating a previous neck injury at training last Thursday in a collision with Newcastle team-mates Daniel Abraham and Adam Woolnough.

    "I'm still in shock," said Johns of his decision.

    "I was in shock when it happened, just totally numb.

    "It was really tough telling my family.

    "I made an emotional call to my brother Matthew and it was even tougher talking to the players this afternoon.

    "I think the time's right."

    Newcastle captain Johns labelled his two premierships won with the Knights in 1997 and 2001 as the standout moments of his career, which began with his NRL debut against Gold Coast at Seagulls Stadium in 1993.

    He played 23 State of Origin games for NSW and represented Australia in 21 Test matches, including the 1995 World Cup and the 2001 Kangaroo tour.

    Johns ends his career as the greatest point scorer in NRL history with 2176 points from 249 first grade games with the Knights.
     
  2. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    thanks Joey - easily best player ever
     
  3. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    having not seen a lot of the other greats i wonder how you can be so sure. I would be suprised if you can even remember much of wally let along others before him - i know i can and ive got a few years on you.

    I would say easily the best of the modern era but there is no way to fully compare and firstly you need to have seen a fair bit of bozo, raper, langlands etc to really make any call.

    i would also point out that its much easier today for a half back with 10m rather than 5m.
     
  4. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

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    Why do you have to be so technical. If he thinks is the greatest ever does it really matter?
     
  5. Crushercleal

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    How much did that hit on Johns by that dirty SBW impact on his neck? People are sying that it had nothing to do with his training injury, but it definitely couldn't have helped. He said he was complaining about the neck towards the end of the Canberra match 2 weeks ago. And then the training mishap. You would think there would have to be a correlation there.
     
  6. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

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    If SBW did contribute I doubt you will hear about it.
     
  7. Crushercleal

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    Can't wait to see the Danny Weidler "Breaking News - Exclusive" report on CH 9 tonight.....
     
  8. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    Now Flip......the above sounds the same as when you took Noodler to task recently. Your policy was :
    "What you're really trying to do is tell somebody what they should do while they are on the web site"

    Suggestion: You might want to :
    "Move your attention away from what Fluffy is saying on the site and make your thought provoking posts that would benefit everybody"

    :lol2:
     
  9. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

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    Point taken
     
  10. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    pretty simple really - i'm a lot smarter than you :)

    he has dominated the hardest and even ear in rugby league ever. He's been stuck in a ****house team for the last 5 years but still dominates.

    duh
     
  11. Nutzcraw

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    Best player i have ever watched.

    If you want to be technical i include wally in that.. i'm only young but i have seen alot of wally and have viewed his stats.

    Johns is the best i have ever seen and he deserved to go out on his own accord. It wasn't to be but the right decision in the end.
     
  12. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    pretty simple really - i'm a lot smarter than you :)

    he has dominated the hardest and even ear in rugby league ever. He's been stuck in a ****house team for the last 5 years but still dominates.

    duh


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    If he was so dominate of hard and even ears why didnt he switch to rugby where their ears are anything but even?
     
  13. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    very funny fluff. I'm not of the St Joey brigade. He was a very good player playing behind excellent packs. I still remember his role the Knights dirty/illegal win in the grandfinal. Never forgotten, never forgiven.
     
  14. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Wasnt the original hit made a few years back by Watmough ? Stupid blaming other peoples actions on it i think. They probably wouldnt have helped, granted, but usually there is something else there too that is wrong for it to be triggered off
     

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