Australian cricket legend Greg Chappell says Matthew and Andrew Johns’ State of Origin feud is a sham designed to get ratings: “They may have sucked us all in!”
- Greg has had many high-profile disagreements with his brother Ian
- Believes the Johns Brothers are picking on their feud
- Thinks it’s part of a ploy to generate hype for Origin
Australian cricketing legend Greg Chappell knows what it’s like to have public blues with a famous sibling, but he’s not buying the so-called fallout between footy’s famous Johns siblings.
The ongoing dispute between Matty and NRL’s Andrew Johns escalated when famed half-back Andrew refused to appear for a radio appearance with Matthew on Friday morning.
‘Joey’ Johns, 49, was due to appear on SEN but did not show up at the Sydney studio.
The brothers’ recent feud began when Matthew praised Queensland’s performance at crucial moments and applauded manager Billy Slater during the build-up to the NSW opener against Queensland last Wednesday.
This infuriated Andrew, an avid Blues supporter and member of the NSW coaching staff.
Andrew did not return calls on his birthday and has since blocked his TV star brother.
Matthew and Andrew Johns in the New South Wales camp with Greg ‘Brandy’ Alexander. The two are currently not speaking because Matty dared to praise Queensland
Greg and Ian Chappell are both Australian cricketing legends and have also had many high profile differences of opinion over the years.
The New South Wales Blues lost the first State of Origin game in Adelaide which would have contributed to Andrew Johns’ bad mood
Greg has had many famous blowouts with his cricketer star brother Ian and he feels the Johns brothers are just hanging on to generate hype for the 2023 State of Origin series.
“The thing about the brothers is that they know how to get carried away,” Greg said. press company.
“I got a phone call from Ian after the Queensland win the other night and he said ‘what about the bloody Queenslanders with their resilience and tenacity. He loves his rugby league but hates that Queensland get up all the time.
‘They [the Johns brothers] are in the media and here we talk about it. They could play, so good luck to them. I wouldn’t mind betting they have a silent laugh in the background. They might have sucked us all in!
“The younger brother is always on the receiving end. In the early years, you don’t have the strength or life experience to reach the top, but as you get older, I think sometimes the younger brother has to be more cunning to survive.
The rivalry between Ian and Greg Chappell is well known in the sports world.
Both star cricketers in their own right, they often competed for accolades and recognition throughout their careers.
Despite their public run-ins, Greg and Ian Chappell enjoy a strong relationship, with Greg describing Ian as his hero.
Matthew Johns is known for ruffling a few feathers during his long career as an NRL pundit and host of footy shows including Sunday Night with Matty Johns
Andrew Johns is one of the best New South Wales players of all time and the eighth Immortal takes State of Origin very seriously
Ian, an outstanding batsman and captain, played 75 Test matches, scoring 5,345 carries at an average of 42.42, while leading Australia to numerous victories.
Greg, also a qualified batsman and captain, appeared in 87 Test matches, amassing 7,110 carries at an average of 53.86, further cementing Chappell’s legacy in cricketing history.
Their competitive nature extended beyond the cricket pitch, as the Chappell brothers were known to have disagreements and differing views on various aspects of the game.
But Greg said that at the end of the day, they were still brothers and would always stand up for each other.
“Ian was always my hero and still is” and “we had our differences, but if someone criticized one of us to the other, we would defend each other,” he said. -he declares.
‘Ian told me one of them said that we were still seen as very different people, but we’re actually much closer in personality than you’d like to admit. It was something we agreed on.
Trevor, the youngest of the Chappell cricketing brothers, had a relatively shorter Testing career than Ian and Greg. He played just three Test matches for Australia, scoring 160 points at an average of 26.66.