Former rugby league player and sports broadcaster Andrew Johns has quit his role at SEN due to his refusal to work with his brother Matthew following Matthew’s pro-Queensland State of Origin comments. The decision comes after the brothers engaged in an on-air argument last month regarding Queensland coach Billy Slater. Andrew, who is an assistant coach for the New South Wales (NSW) Blues, expressed his frustration with Matthew’s praise of Queensland, stating that he grew up hating the Maroons. This disagreement has strained the relationship between the brothers, leading to Andrew’s departure from SEN.
SEN CEO Craig Hutchison has expressed his hope to speak with Andrew following the conclusion of the State of Origin series. Hutchison confirmed that SEN supports both Matthew and Andrew, highlighting the success of Matthew’s show, Morning Glory. However, it remains unclear if Andrew will return to the network.
The conflict between the Johns brothers escalated when Andrew failed to show up for his scheduled appearance on Matthew’s show after NSW lost to Queensland in game one. Matthew publicly voiced his disappointment, announcing that Andrew was “completely off” him. In response, Andrew reiterated his disdain for Queensland and accused Matthew of excessively praising the Maroons. The tension between the brothers has now resulted in Andrew’s departure from SEN.
Despite leaving SEN, Matthew is continuing to express his support for Queensland in his weekly column for News Corp papers. It is anticipated that his upcoming column will include critical remarks about NSW and their team selection for the upcoming State of Origin clash. This further reinforces the divide between the brothers and their respective allegiances.
Bryan Fletcher, a former teammate of both Andrew and Matthew, hopes for a resolution between the brothers. Fletcher believes that their long-standing relationship will prevail and that they will reconcile, as they have done in the past. Fletcher also jokes about a potential fight between the siblings, noting that he would back Andrew due to his pent-up anger over the disagreement. However, he ultimately believes that the issue will subside once the State of Origin series concludes and expects Andrew to return to his broadcasting role.
Andrew Johns was contacted for comment on the matter, while Matthew will be absent from his regular radio show due to a fundraising event. The ongoing conflict between the Johns brothers highlights the passionate and divisive nature of State of Origin rivalry, with each sibling firmly aligned with their respective state.