The son of Triple M Grill Team's Matty Johns, Jack, is set to follow in the footsteps of his father (and Uncle Joey) when he makes his international debut at this weekend's opening game of the Rugby League World Cup.
Johns was named at halfback for Italy, in a squad featuring a load of NRL experience with the likes of James Tedesco, Josh Mantellato, Terry Campese, Paul Vaughn, Nathan Brown, Daniel Alvaro and captain Mark Minichello all named for the Azzurri.
Italy take on Ireland in their opening World Cup game in Cairns on Saturday at 3pm.
Team Lists - Italy v Ireland
1 James TEDESCO, 2 Mason CERRUTO, 3 Justin CASTELLARO, 4 Nathan MILONE, 5 Josh MANTELLATO, 6 Terry CAMPESE, 7 Jack JOHNS, 8 Paul VAUGHAN, 9 Ryan GHIETTI, 10 Daniel ALVARO, 11 Joel RIETHMULLER, 12 Mark MINICHIELLO (c), 13 Nathan BROWN, 14 Colin WILKIE, 15 Brendan SANTI, 16 Shannon WAKEMAN, 17 Jayden WALKER, 18 Christophe CALEGRI, 19 Christopher CENTRONE, 20 Joe TRAMONTANA, 21 Gavin HISCOX
1 Scott Grix, 2 Shannon McDonnell, 3 Ed Chamberlain, 4 Centre Michael MORGAN, 5 Wing Liam Kay, 6 Api Pewhairangi, 7 Liam Finn (c), 8 Brad Singleton, 9 Michael McIlorum, 10 Kyle Amor, 11 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12 Oliver Roberts, 13 George King, 14 Tyrone MCCARTHY, 15 James HASSON, 16 Joe Philbin, 17 Anthony Mullally, 18 Joe Keyes, 19 Will Hope, 20 Jack Higginson, 21 Matty Hadden