The Manifesto Interview with Warriors player Shaun Johnson

By Andrew Glenn

Shaun Johnson. Picture / Babiche Martens
Shaun Johnson. Picture / Babiche Martens

Vodafone Warriors player Shaun Johnson has got it going on. He's a great sportsman with some incredible defining moments. Who can forget his 80th minute try and conversion at last year's Rugby League World Cup at Wembley Stadium, ensuring his team's place in the cup final? In the sartorial sense, Johnson is equally talented, making a stylish mark when stepping out on the town.

You'll find him wearing the coolest New Zealand brands - think Stolen Girlfriends Club - balanced by a stylish coif, courtesy of his trusted barber. Bendon Man, sponsor of the Warriors, recently launched a campaign for the public to nominate their favourite everyday "warrior" (just add the hashtag #bendonman and #everydaywarrior on social media).

Shaun's pick? His dad. A family man at heart, Shaun can't get enough of his mum's Lao cooking. Viva caught up with him to find out a few of his favourite things.

Shoes: Asics gel Lytes.
Shirt: Huffer black tee.
Shorts: Zanerobe cream shorts.
Sunglasses: Moscot Originals.
Underwear: Bendon Man.
Watch: G-Shock.

Bendon Man. Picture / Supplied
Bendon Man. Picture / Supplied

Brand: Stolen Girlfriends Club.
Store: Black Box Boutique.
Trainers: Asics.
Boxers or briefs? Bendon Man.
Swim: Assembly Label boardies.

Favourite artist: PNC, he's the codes.
Writer: Mmm, don't read.
Author: Isn't that the same as writer?

Best thing: Beaches.
Worst thing: Traffic.
Must-see/do: Come to a Warriors game.

Shaun Johnson of the Warriors. Picture / Hannah Peters, Getty Images.
Shaun Johnson of the Warriors. Picture / Hannah Peters, Getty Images.

Favourite sports team? Vodafone Warriors.
How do you keep fit? Train with the Vodafone Warriors.
Gym? At the Vodafone Warriors.
Snowboard or ski? Snowboard.
Surf or paddle board? Boogie board - ha ha.

Cuisine: Lao food.
Restaurant: Mum's kitchen.
Dish: Sticky chicken, sticky rice.
Bar: Little Easy
Cafe: Queenies.
Death row meal: Anything Mum cooks.

Queenies. Picture / Babiche Martens.
Queenies. Picture / Babiche Martens.

Favourite city: London.
Airline: Air New Zealand.
Snow or beach holiday? That's tough.

Beach ... just.
First, business, economy ... private? Private would be sick but that'll never happen. First class will do.

Product you can't live without? Eye drops.
Moisturiser: Sometimes.
Perfume: Spicebomb by Viktor and Rolf.
Toothpaste: Every morning and night - Optic White.
Where do you cut your hair? His Place Barber Shop in Orewa.


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