Andrew and Matthew Johns are tipped to coach Samoa in a mid-season Test match – with rumours former Cronulla coach John Morris could also step in
- Rugby league legends set to take charge of Samoa for test against Cook Islands
- Johns brothers’ bid for the job was initially rejected back in May last year
- Former NSW legends could bring in ex-Sharks coach John Morris with them
- Samoa take on Cook Islands at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on June 25
Rugby league greats Andrew and Matthew Johns are reportedly set to make their international coaching debuts by taking charge of Samoa this season.
According to the Daily Telegraph, current Samoa coach Matt Parish will step down to make way for the former New South Wales legends.
The Johns have reportedly offered their services free of charge and suggested a current NRL coach could step in on a day-to-day basis, with former Cronulla boss John Morris tipped to be their candidate of choice.
NSW legend Andrew Johns is reportedly set to take charge of Samoa this season
Samoa initially rejected the Johns’ bid for the job back in May last year, but it is understood it has now changed its tune and would welcome the two instead.
Samoa’s Test against the Cook Islands in Sydney in June will be their first since 2019 in preparation for their Rugby League World Cup campaign, which begins on October 15 against England in Newcastle.
Samoa’s fixture against the Cook Islands is part of a three-game extravaganza that will mark the return of international rugby league to Australia and New Zealand for the first time since 2019.
The former Newcastle great could be joined by his brother Matthew
New Zealand will host Tonga at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland on June 25, with Fiji taking on PNG and Samoa facing the Cooks Island in a double-header in Sydney on the same day.
A day later, New South Wales take on Queensland in Origin II in Perth, with the second game of the series to be played on a Sunday – rather than the traditional Wednesday slot – for the fourth time in the last five years.
News of the Johns’ imminent involvement with Samoa comes after Andrew was demoted from Nine Network’s commentary box, with his contract with the network due to expire at the end of the year.
The Newcastle legend was downgraded from the channel’s commentary team and has been reporting from the sidelines for the past several games.