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Andrew Johns

Year inducted: 2017

True Blue number: 852

Origin number: 128

Born: May 19, 1974, Cessnock, NSW

Clubs: Newcastle Knights

Position: Halfback

Premiership career: (1993-2007) 249 games, 80 tries, 917 goals, 22 field goals, 2176 points

First Grade debut: Newcastle Knights vs Gold Coast Seagulls at Seagulls Stadium, Tweed Heads on 17 April, 1993

Representative honours: Australia 26 Tests (1995-2005); NSW 23 State of Origins (1995-2005)

Other honours: Rugby League Immortal 2012, ARL Team of the Century 2008, NSW Team of the Century 2008, Dally M Medal 1998-99, 2002

Cessnock junior Andrew Johns bestrode the game like a colossus at the turn of the century. His peerless passing and kicking were combined with a textbook defensive style and a fierce determination. He spearheaded Newcastle to premiership success but also starred for New South Wales and Australia, and collected a swag of awards and honours on the way.