I saw more then enough of Johnson's ability at test level in the Anzac test earlier this year to suggest he's up to the task it's only one test to judge his merits but he's more then comfortable in that arena.
No doubt Marshall's the incumbent and all the rest of it but he doesn't set very good examples at club level by playing crap every week! A good captain is a player like Lockyer, Cameron Smith , Gallen, these guys play great league week in week out whether it's club or rep footy Marshall has been playing on reputation fumes for a long time.
I thought that the general consensus post that Anzac test was that Johnson's highlight was his intercept try? The rest of the performance looked disjointed, a major criticism being his combo with Marshall - more speficially not knowing when to run and when to pass. I agreed with most of that criticism after that test (from memory). And I would still pick Marshall on rep fumes over picking Johnson on potential, when he's yet to even establish himself as a performer at NRL level.
What has Johnson done to deserve Benji's test jersey? Sure Benji hasn't set the world on fire recently, but he's been better than Johnson. And advocating a Johnson/Foran combo won't solve any of the problems the Benji/Foran combo currently has. The only reason I can see it as an attractive alternative is that we haven't seen them play together yet, and there's a bit of blind hope going on. Marshall may not be in the greatest form of his career, but he is well and truly proven at NRL and International level. Johnson has had 1 good half season of NRL football in 2011, followed by a thoroughly underwhelming followup season. They probably both need to evaluate where they're at over the off/pre-season, but Benji is the incumbent, and I've seen nothing from Shaun Johnson to make me believe he deserves a shot.
While Marshall is the incumbent and has earn't a few more tests before talk of dropping him earn any credence....saying Johnson had an underwhelming year is pretty harsh, his efforts behind a underperforming team were very good in the grand scheme of things, and far far far better than Marshall's season. I think Foran needs to be worried about his place in the team, at 6 he's a non-event....iv'e always thought he suited 9 better.
johnsons a one season wonder..and people want benji to move benji aside in the kiwis for him?.....and mannering as kiwis captain LMAO he' cant even captain the warriors
Benji really worries me most probably the 2010 4N Final was the last time Benji had a decent game in the Kiwis jersey if I remember correct? Benji's NRL form in recent times has also been far from acceptable his position in the Kiwis team and captaincy has to come under serious scrutiny if you ask me.
I'm starting to wonder because of his celeb status in Oz that he's always going to be one of the first chosen for The Kiwis even if his form doesn't warrant selection this is not right.
I still think Marshall and Foran are out of sync as a halves combo I'd put Johnson at 7 he's the most dangerous half we have when in a confident mood and offers far more on attack. I'm over Foran and Marshall as our halves if they can't gel after all these chances then they never will! Foran would be better off in Taylor's role coming off the bench as a dummy half and midfield defender.