Manu Samoa Prop Hangs His Boots on 39th Birthday


Manu Samoa prop Census Johnston has announced his retirement after a stellar 15 year professional career.

Johnston included of a pair of rugby boots hanging from a wire as part of his announcement on social media, posted on his 39th birthday.

“Faafetai, Thank you et Merci Rugby Family” Johnston said in an Instagram post.

Having began his career with the Taranaki Club in New Zealand, Census Johnston represented Samoa for 60 matches over a span of 12 years from 2005-2017.

The 6’2” prop played three consecutive Rugby World Cups for Samoa in 2007, 2011 and 2015 featuring in 12 games.

Johnston played top level professional rugby for clubs in the UK and Europe, including over 60 appearances for Saracens and over 200 for Toulouse.

Johnston retires from Aviron Bayonnais club in France.

Brian Telefoni