The ongoing feud between NRL stars Andrew and Matthew Johns has reached a new level, with Andrew allegedly expressing his desire to physically harm his brother. The tension between the former Newcastle Knights, NSW and Kangaroos players has been simmering since Matthew made positive comments about the Queensland Maroons on his radio show, Morning Glory, with Andrew as a guest. This led Andrew, a New South Wales champion and current Blues assistant coach, to accuse his brother of betraying their state.
During a live radio segment, Andrew expressed his frustration, saying, “Mate, I’m sick of you rapping Queensland, that’s what I’m sick of. Put your Maroon jersey on, you should have some at home. Just because you played four games and lost all four doesn’t mean you need to criticize NSW.” As a result of this exchange, the brothers have not spoken since, and Andrew has been absent from his usual spot on the Morning Glory show.
Matthew, in an attempt to reconcile, left the studio door open for Andrew to return, but Andrew promptly stated that he will not be appearing on the show for the rest of the year. Furthermore, Andrew allegedly ignored Matthew’s attempts to reach out on his birthday. On his podcast with his sons Cooper and Jack, Matthew revealed that he had heard through the grapevine that Andrew intends to physically confront him the next time they cross paths. He added, “Well, I just hope he’s learned to fight since the last time we had a skirmish. No, I haven’t heard from him.”
Previously, there were hopes of reconciliation, with SEN boss Craig Hutchison acting as a peacemaker between the Fox Sports personality Matthew and the NRL Immortal Andrew. However, the feud has only intensified with time. Despite the strained relationship between the brothers, Andrew remains in contact with Matthew’s sons, Cooper and Jack, who are NRL players themselves. Jack emphasised, “I talk to him. Me and him are quite close.” In response, Matthew playfully taunted, “So you’re swapping to the other side, eh, Judas? Well, why don’t you all just join in and give me a kicking, like your uncle did. Do you think if NSW win Origin, Joey will give me a call and bury the hatchet? Or do you think he’ll carry this grudge on forever? Because I hope he carries it on forever.”
Despite efforts to mend their relationship, the public feud between Andrew and Matthew Johns shows no signs of subsiding.