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Former Blues player Matt Johnson shares survival story

“I can hear it. I hear my heart beat, I feel my heart beat. I’m grateful for my heart.”

A gifted rugby player with a promising career ahead of him, Matt Johnson was a rising star in the Auckland Blues squad.

But after three heart surgeries and a very close brush with death, the 26-year-old Cook Islander is optimistic about his early retirement.

Johnson and his partner Taylah recently sat down with Sky Sport’s The Breakdown to share his inspiring story and his plans for the future.



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