Shaun Johnson is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays at international level as a halfback or five-eighth for the New Zealand Warriors and New Zealand Kiwis of the National Rugby League.
Height- 1.79 m
Born- 9 September 1990
Birthplace-Auckland, New Zealand
Spouse-Kayla Johnson (m. 2019)
Nationality- New Zealand
Dates joined-2021 (New Zealand Warriors), 1 December 2018 (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), 2011 (New Zealand Warriors)
Johnson was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to a Laotian mother and a New Zealander father.
His father is Paul Johnson. His mother is Laotian, and his father is from New Zealand. He has three brothers.
Shaun Johnson married to Kayla Johnson, One of New Zealand’s power sporting couples are expecting another child. Silver Ferns and Stars defender Kayla Johnson will miss the upcoming ANZ Premiership campaign after announcing she and Warrior’s star husband Shaun Johnson will be expecting their second child later this year.
Their daughter, Drew Hazel East, was born on October 29, 2019. In January 2021, Johnson and wife announced that they were expecting their second child, a son. Their son, Jett James East, was born on July 19, 2021.
Hailing from the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Johnson attended Whangaparaoa Primary School and Orewa College and played many sports including basketball, rugby union and Australian rules football (representing New Zealand at under-16 level), but made a name for himself myself in touch and rugby league. He represented New Zealand in both touch and rugby league and played rugby union in his school’s first XV.
Johnson played for Auckland Rugby League’s Hibiscus Coast Raiders before signing with the New Zealand Warriors in 2009.
Johnson played for the Junior Warriors in 2009
Johnson began his professional career with the Junior Warriors in the Toyota Cup. In March 2009, major leaguer Andrew Johns commented, “I haven’t been this excited about a player in a long time.” Johns referred to the first time he saw Stacey Jones play in 1995 when Stacey was younger.Johnson spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Junior Warriors, making 45 appearances in 25 tries, kicking 159 goals and setting up 4 goals, finishing 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 last Toyota Cup appearance was part of the Junior Warriors victory in the 2010 Grand Final.
In 2011 After suffering an injury in the pre-season, Johnson spent the start of the 2011 season with the Auckland Vulcans before making his National Rugby League debut in Round 13 against the Sydney Roosters due to an injury to Brett Seymour
In 2012 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.
On 13 February 2013, Johnson was chosen to play in the 2013 All Stars match for the NRL All Stars team, playing off the interchange bench in the 32–6 loss to the Indigenous All Stars at Suncorp Stadium.
In February 2014, Johnson played in the Warriors inaugural NRL Auckland Nines squad and was the tournament’s top point scorer with 40 points. He was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
On 16 January 2015, Johnson was named captain of the Warriors 2015 Auckland Nines squad. Johnson was selected for New Zealand in the 2015 Anzac Test against Australia at halfback, scoring a try and kicking 3 goals in the Kiwis 26–12 win at Suncorp Stadium.
On 6 May 2016, Johnson played for the New Zealand national rugby league team against Australia, playing at halfback in the 16–0 loss at Hunter Stadium.
In 2017 Shaun Johnson became New Zealand’s highest test scorer in rugby league as the Kiwis beat Scotland 74-6. Johnson’s second half broke Matthew Ridge’s record of 168 points.
In 2020 round 19 of the 2020 NRL season, Johnson was taken off the field in the second half of Cronulla’s match against the Sydney Roosters with a serious leg injury.
In 2021 Round 7 of the 2021 NRL season, Johnson returned to the Cronulla team in the 18–12 loss against Canterbury-Bankstown at Kogarah Oval.
On 25 June, it was announced that Johnson would rejoin the New Zealand Warriors on a two-year deal.
In 2022 round five of the 2022 NRL season, Johnson led the New Zealand Warriors to a 25–24 Golden Point win over North Queensland.
The year 2023
In Round 5 of the 2023 NRL season, Johnson kicked a penalty with less than a minute remaining in the New Zealand Warriors’ 32–30 win over Cronulla at Shark Park. At one point the club was down 26–6. In Round 14, Johnson scored two tries and kicked five goals as New Zealand beat the Dolphins 30–8.
He previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the NRL and at representative level for the NRL All Stars in 2013. In 2014, Johnson won the Golden Boot award for the best player in the world.
He is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest ever rugby league footballers and is often compared to Benji Marshall and Stacey Jones.
Net Worth 2023
Shaun Johnson’s net worth is $5 Million.
Latest News About Shaun Johnson
Shaun Johnson will most likely be with the Warriors next season, but don’t expect an announcement from the club anytime soon.
Johnson recently said he will think about his future after this year, but he is clearly enjoying the golden season of his career, and it would be amazing if he doesn’t return to Warriors colors in 2024.
However, before any public announcements can be made, the issue surrounding Ronald Volkman must be resolved.
It’s an unfortunate situation for the 20-year-old fly-half, but as much as he likes it around Mt Smart Stadium, the reality is that the Warriors need him to move to a new club next season to make room for Johnson in the squad.