Paul Johnson (rugby league)

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For the player born 1988, see Paul Johnson (rugby league b. 1988). For the New Zealand international, see Paul Johnson (New Zealand).
Paul Johnson
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Personal information
Nickname Jonno
Born (1978-11-25) 25 November 1978 (age 36)
Wigan, England
Playing information
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb) [1]
Position Wing, Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, Second-row, Loose forward/Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1995–03 Wigan Warriors 108 43 0 0 172
2004–06 Bradford Bulls 54 19 0 0 76
2007–09 Warrington Wolves 53 18 0 0 72
2010 Wakefield Trinity 15 4 0 16
2011 Crusaders 10 0 0 0 0
Total 240 84 0 0 336
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998 Emerging England 1 0 0 0 0
2001–05 Great Britain 12 5 0 0 20
Source: Rugby League Project

Paul Johnson (born (1978-11-25) 25 November 1978 (age 36) in Wigan) is an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s and '10s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for Wigan Warriors, Bradford Bulls, Warrington Wolves, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, and Crusaders, as a Wing, Centre, Stand-off/Five-eighth, Second-row, or Loose forward/Lock. wigan and bradford both of whom he won Super League championships with.

Wigan Warriors[edit]

Johnson made his professional debut from the bench as a 17-year-old for Wigan in 1995.[2] He played for Wigan from the interchange bench in their 1998 Super League Grand Final victory over Leeds Rhinos.

Johnson played for the Wigan Warriors from the interchange bench in their 2001 Super League Grand Final loss to the Bradford Bulls. Johnson played for the Wigan Warriors from the interchange bench in the 2003 Super League Grand Final which was lost to the Bradford Bulls.

Bradford Bulls[edit]

Paul joined the Bradford Bulls from the Wigan Warriors in 2004. Having won Super League VIII, Bradford played against 2003 NRL Premiers, the Penrith Panthers in the 2004 World Club Challenge. Johnson played at centre in the Bulls' 22-4 victory. He played for Bradford at centre in their 2004 Super League Grand Final loss against the Leeds Rhinos. Johnson was then selected in the Great Britain team to compete in the end of season 2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament. In the final against Australia he played from the interchange bench in the Lions' 44-4 loss. The following year he played for the Bradford Bulls at second-row forward in their 2005 Super League Grand Final victory against the Leeds Rhinos. As Super League champions Bradford faced National Rugby League premiers Wests Tigers in the 2006 World Club Challenge. Johnson played at second-row forward in the Bulls' 30-10 victory.

Warrington Wolves[edit]

Paul joined the Warrington Wolves from the Bradford Bulls in 2007.

International career[edit]

In 1998, Johnson played for Emerging England in a 15–12 win against Wales.[3]

Johnson made his Great Britain début in 2001, went on to play in the 2004 and 2005 Rugby League Tri-Nations.

Paul was voted ‘Back of the Series’ against Australia in 2001. He missed a large part of the 2005 season with shoulder and thumb injuries but was in sensational form on his return and gained selection for the Tri Nations tournament, scoring a hat trick against the Kiwis.

Personal life[edit]

Paul married in 2011 at an intimate ceremony in the Amalfi Coast, Italy.

In February 2003 his younger brother, Wigan academy player Craig Johnson, was killed in a car crash along with Billy-Joe Edwards, a promising Wigan academy player and younger brother of former Wigan player Shaun Edwards.[4]


  1. ^ "Crusaders Rugby League". web page. Crusaders Rugby League Club. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tri-Nations: Great Britain profiles". Mail Online (UK: Associated Newspapers). 19 October 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Irvine, Christopher (20 July 1998). "Elder statesmen negotiate England escape". The Times (London: News International Trading Limited). p. 32. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Rugby league players killed in crash". BBC. 14 February 2003. Retrieved 20 February 2008. 

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