The 27-year-old has taken the long route to the top with Wales having been released by Cardiff Blues at a young age before resurrecting his career in New Zealand with Northland.
The hulking tighthead prop, who started as a No.8, then figured for Doncaster in the Championship before impressing at Sale.
John has earned rave reviews for his scrummaging in the last two seasons and the 20-stone giant believes he can help Wayne Pivac’s side replicate last year’s Grand Slam success.
“I’m a bit bigger than the other props while I’ll also bring a bit more physicality,” said John, of one five uncapped players in Pivac’s squad. “The other props in the squad are obviously a bit more experienced, but I think I can also bring dominance to the set-piece.
Continue Reading with Magzter GOLD
Log-in, if you are already a subscriber
Get unlimited access to thousands of curated premium stories and 5,000+ magazines
READ THE ENTIRE ISSUE
January 19, 2020