Les Johns

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Les Johns (born 1942 in Newcastle, New South Wales) was an Australian rugby league player for Newcastle's Souths club, then (1963–71) the Canterbury-Bankstown club as well as the New South Wales and for the Australian representative sides. He has been named among the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.[1]

He was a blond-headed fullback of considerable flair and on his day could be one of the most brilliant attacking and defensive players in the game. Johns played nineteen games for New South Wales and fourteen Tests for Australia.


In February 2008, Johns was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[2] He was made a life member of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2011.[3]

In 2010 Johns was also named in a South Newcastle team of the century.[4]