Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Cameron Smith to retire from representative football effective immediately

Cameron Smith to retire from representative football effective immediately

In breaking news, there are reports that Queensland and Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith is set to announce his rep retirement this afternoon.

His 26 wins as an Origin player is the most of any player to don either Queensland or New South Wales guernseys.

Smith, the most-capped Maroon of all time, leaves a giant void in the Maroons side at hooker; a position he's had locked down in the Queensland side since 2003.

A playmaking hooker and goalkicker, Smith took over as Queensland and Australia captain in 2012 and was voted the Rugby League International Federation's player of the year.

Smith's record as an Australian representative is just as formidable, captaining the Kangaroos to the 2013 and 2017 World Cups, and the 2016 Four Nations title.

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His exit coincides with the representative retirements of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, which were announced previous year. Smith has won two NRL premierships with the Storm.

"Today I'm announcing my retirement from representative football as of right now", he said in a statement.

'I thought his performance in game 3 of previous year was one of the best I have seen from anyone at that level and at age 34 that speaks volumes, ' said Walters.

At a press conference, Smith said it was the difficulty returning to the Storm after playing State of Origin that led to his decision.

"Looking back on it now I don't think that it is fair on myself, I don't think it's fair on my family and also my teammates back here at Melbourne Storm".

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Queensland coach Kevin Walters said it would there was no replacement who could fill all of Smith's roles. I've been away from you for a long time but you've always wanted me to pursue my dreams'.

Smith said he'd started thinking about it previous year, when he was unable to back up and play for the Storm the weekend after each Origin game as he'd done in the past.

"Respect, humility, all those things you like to see in people he shows that in every day of his life."

Darius Boyd, Billy Slater or Greg Inglis are the most likely candidates to take over the captaincy, however, Boyd has battled form and fitness at Brisbane this season.

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