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07:24 Fri Feb 1 2013
Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson (Getty)
Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson (Getty)

Warriors playmaker Shaun Johnson will play in the All Stars match after Melbourne Storm's Cooper Cronk pulled out with an injury.

Cronk, the 2012 premiership-winning halfback, pulled out of the NRL All Stars side for the match against the Indigenous All Stars on February 9 with a back complaint.

Cronk's position as Wayne Bennett's 'coach's pick' in the NRL All Stars side has been taken by 22-year-old Johnson.

"It's all a bit surreal for me at the moment," Johnson said.

"It's exciting and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity of playing alongside so many quality players as well as being in a side coached by Wayne Bennett.

"It's a massive honour."

Johnson is the third Warrior to feature in the match, joining Feleti Mateo on the bench while new recruit Dane Nielsen was a coach's pick by Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley.

Meanwhile, Melbourne are confident Cooper Cronk will be fit for the World Club Challenge despite his withdrawal from the match.

The Storm play Super League champions Leeds at Headingley on February 22.

Club medical staff said he would sit out training for five to seven days in the hope of being fit to face Leeds.