Johns retires from Tests

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Great Britain will not have to worry about facing the world's best player in the Tri-Nations this autumn following Andrew Johns' announcement that he is to retire from representative rugby league.

Johns, who guested with Warrington at the end of last season, said that he hoped to be picked for Australia's Test against New Zealand in May, but would not be available for the State of Origin series or the international tournament which starts in October.

"If I'm picked for the Test, it will be my last representative game," said the scrum-half, who wants to restore Australia's standing after their defeat by New Zealand in last year's Tri-Nations. After that, Johns intends to focus on playing for his club, the Newcastle Knights, who finished last in the NRL last year and are unbeaten this season.

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