Thursday, 7 May 2015

The life of Shaun Johnson

Early life and school
On the 9th of September 1990 Shaun Johnson  was born Auckland hospital new zealand. Johnson's mother is Laotian and his father is a Pākehā (New Zealander of European origin). From Whangaparaoa, Johnson attended Orewa College and played many sports, including basketball and rugby union, but made his name playing touch and Australian rules football. He represented New Zealand in both touch and Australian rules football and played rugby union in his school's First XV.

Playing career
Johnson played for the Hibiscus Coast Raiders in the Auckland Rugby League competition before being signed by the New junior Zealand Warriors in 2009. In March 2009, league great Andrew Johns commented: "I haven't been this excited about a player in a long time. Johnson spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Junior Warriors and played 45 matches, scoring 25 tries, 159 goals and 4 field goals to finish his Toyota Cup career with 422 points. Johnson made his NSW Cup debut for the Auckland Vulcans in 2010 and also represented the junior kiwis that year. His final Toyota Cup match was being part of the Junior Warriors winning the 2010 Grand Final.

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Warriors Career
His first game for the warriors he played against the sydney roosters. He played at the position of halfback in the warriors loss 26-22. 9 rounds later he scored his first warriors try in round 22.

kiwis career
Due to Kieran Foran's hamstring injury, Johnson was selected as halfback for the New Zealand national team in the 2012 ANZAC Test. In his debut test match Johnson scored an 80 metre intercept try at Eden Park in the Kiwis 20-12 loss. Along with Konrad Hurrell and Manu Vatuvei, Johnson was the 2012 New Zealand Warriors season top try-scorer with 12 in 22 matches. Johnson also received the Rugby League International Federation's Rookie of the Year award for 2012.
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