Matty Johns' brutal 'third wife' sledge for brother Andrew

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NRL great Andrew Johns (pictured) smiling during commentary.
Matty Johns has taken a cheeky dig at brother and NRL legend Andrew Johns (pictured) after taking a dig at the blues State of Origin selection process. (Getty Images)

Matty Johns has taken a cheeky dig at his brother Andrew over the NRL Immortal's personal relationships.

Johns was talking on SEN Breakfast radio ahead of the Blues' team announcement for State of Origin Game III on Monday before an odd comparison took everyone by surprise.

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NSW coach Brad Fittler opted to recall Jack Wighton for the series decider, but he will act as 18th man with Matt Burton and Stephen Crichton retaining their spots in the centres.

This is despite many calling Wighton the stand-out Blues performer in their Game I loss.

And in an unexpected twist, Johns compared the Blues' loyalty to players to Andrew and his personal relationships.

And Johns - who often takes lighthearted jabs at his brother - couldn't help drag the NRL Immortal's name into the fold.

“It’s very NSW,” Johns said of the Blues changes.

“I want people to know … be extremely concerned. Don’t marry anyone from NSW because we fall in love with new acquaintances very easily.

“What you do, is you just get rid of them. Just bring someone else in.

“I mean the best example is our best ever player Andrew Johns, I think he’s onto his third wife.”

Andrew Johns (pictured left) at the 2019 NRL Hall of Fame.
Andrew Johns (pictured left) at the 2019 NRL Hall of Fame. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images)

Johns then took a lighthearted dig at his own relationship when revealing his wife was in the room with him as he phoned in.

“Really, I’ve been married now, what, Trish, 25 years? You just get bored with it,” he joked.

Andrew Johns has been in a long-term relationship with Kate Kendall since 2016.

The couple share three-year-old daughter Alice together.

He was previously married to Cathrine Mahoney before they divorced in 2014, which followed his divorce from Renae Chapman in 2002.

Matthew Johns, pictured here before a Newcastle Knights game in 2017.
Matthew Johns looks on before a Newcastle Knights game in 2017. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

NSW makes changes to winning side

Coach Fittler was forced to make a change for Game III with Payne Haas ruled out.

Haas, who has been battling a recurring AC joint issue all season, played in the Broncos' 40-26 defeat to the Cowboys on Saturday.

But he has since re-aggravated the shoulder injury and won't feature in the decider at Suncorp Stadium on July 13.

Brad Fittler will instead hand a debut to Cowboys veteran Jordan McLean, who has yet to play State of Origin despite winning eight caps for Australia.

In the only other change to the NSW side announced on Monday, Fittler opted to recall Wighton.

However the Canberra five-eighth will have to make do with being the Blues' 18th man.

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