Johns out of Tri-Nations

Andrew Johns has succumbed to a knee injury forcing his withdrawal from the Tri-Nations tour of Great Britain, the Australian Rugby League announced late today.

The Newcastle halfback underwent scans on his injured knee today and was expected to consult a surgeon tomorrow before making a final decision. However the results of the scans received late this afternoon were such that doctor?s Neil Halpin and Hugh Hazard agreed that he should not take part in the tour.

The news casts further doubts over the Australian team who have struggled against a committed New Zealand side in both their encounters. Scott Prince, Craig Gower and Trent Barrett now come into calculations to fill the void.

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