NRL: Johnson named in All Stars team

Shaun Johnson. Photo / Getty Images.
Shaun Johnson. Photo / Getty Images.

Halfback Shaun Johnson last night become the third Warriors player involved in the fourth annual All Stars match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, February 9.

The 22-year-old, now preparing for his third NRL campaign, has been called into the NRL All Stars by coach Wayne Bennett to replace injured Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk as a 'coach's pick' on the interchange.

Johnson, who made his test debut for the Kiwis last year, was stunned to learn of his call-up.

"It's all a bit surreal for me at the moment,'' he said.

''[Coach] Matt [Elliott] called me to let me know. It's exciting and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity of playing alongside so many quality players as well as being in a side coached by Wayne Bennett. It's a massive honour.''

Johnson joins clubmate Feleti Mateo on the bench. On the oppposition Indigenous All Stars bench is new signing Dane Nielsen.

- APNZ

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