Cliff Johnson (rugby league)

Cliff Johnson (rugby league)
Cliff Johnson
Personal information
Full name Clifford Raymond Johnson
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19?? Richmond
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19?? Auckland
1950–1960 New Zealand 34 4 0 0 12
Source: RLP

Clifford Raymond Johnson[1] was a New Zealand rugby league footballer who has been named one of the finest the country produced during the 20th century.[2] An international representative, he played mainly as a prop forward.

Playing career

Johnson played for the Richmond Bulldogs in the Auckland Rugby League competition.[3] From here he represented Auckland and New Zealand. Between 1950 and 1960 he played a total of 34 tests for his country, a new record at the time of his retirement. He also played in three World Cup tournaments. Including minor tour matches, Johnson played a total of 70 matches for New Zealand.

He retired following the 1960 World Cup.[4]


After retirement he was the foundation chairman of the Howick Rugby League Football Club.[5]

Johnson was inducted as one of the New Zealand Rugby League's inaugural "Legends of League" in 1995.[6]

After his death he was named as captain of the New Zealand national rugby league team of the century in 2007.


  1. ^ JOHNSON, Clifford Raymond 1950 - 60 - Kiwi #325
  2. ^ "Graham top choice for the century". (New Zealand: APN Holdings NZ Limited). 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  3. ^ New Zealand Kiwis Richmond Rovers RLC
  4. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 9781869693664. p.183.
  5. ^ Club History Howick Hornets
  6. ^ "New Zealand Rugby League Annual Report 2008" (pdf). NZRL. 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-21. [dead link]

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