It’s been revealed the Johns brothers, along with Sonny Bill Williams, could all join forces to form a shock coaching trio.
Matthew Johns has revealed he and his brother, rugby league immortal Andrew, will put their hands up to coach Samoa alongside Sonny Bill Williams.
Former Balmain Tigers player Matt Parish is the current head coach of the Samoan national team but is no certainty to remain as the man in charge moving forward.
Johns floated the idea of coaching Samoa last week before he doubled down on his comments today when he admitted conversations with his brother and Williams had taken place surrounding a monster coaching trio.
“They’ve got a head coach at the moment there. But I spoke to Joey again about it today, and yeah, definitely (we are serious),” he told Fox League’s Sunday Night With Matty Johns
“We’ve got full-time jobs so I don’t know how it would work out, and Joey has been talking to Sonny Bill Williams as well.”
He revealed the trio would do it for free as he outlined his hopes for Samoa to one day follow in the footsteps of Tonga, who in recent years have become an international powerhouse.
That emergence was highlighted when they stunned world champions Australia back in 2019.
“We would do it for nothing. Quite seriously, and Joey is the same, you wouldn’t take a cent. Sonny wouldn’t,” he added.
“It would be a bit of three-way coaching. I don’t know how it would work, but in my opinion Samoa should be emulating what Tonga are doing.
“There should be a goal that within a couple of years Samoa should be beating Australia, like Tonga have been doing.
“I want to be respectful because they do have a coach, but if something happens then Joey and I are available.”
The former Knights star admitted the appeal of coaching Penrith young guns Jarome Luai and Brian To’o, along with Eels prop Junior Paul and playmaker Dylan Brown, would make for a solid playing group.
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