Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Queensland legend Cameron Smith reportedly set to retire from representative duties

Australian great Smith calls time on national career NRL fans react to Cameron Smith announcing retirement from representative footy
Cary Erickson | 15 May, 2018, 22:26

Queensland captain Cameron Smith is set to throw Origin preparations into chaos, with the 34-year-old to announce his immediate retirement from representative football this afternoon.

Smith, 34, is the most-capped State of Origin player in history, as well as the most successful racking up 11 series wins with the dominant Queensland side. The bad news being that this is the first time since 2003 a Maroons side will be without Cameron Smith.

"It's been a fairly lengthy process for me to come to this decision".

"I started having small thoughts previous year".

Smith said the strain of the 2017 Origin series and Rugby League World Cup had helped make his mind up.

The bombshell announcement comes just weeks before the first game of this year's State of Origin series, leaving Queensland without their inspirational leader for the first time since 2003.

"I'd like to think it will give me the opportunity to play on in our domestic competition if it is the right thing for my family and the Melbourne Storm as well".

Smith has made a record 42 Origin appearances, and has a record 26 Origin wins.

His decision comes on the heels of similar retirements by fellow greats Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston late a year ago.

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Despite being well below their best this NRL season, Darius Boyd and Matt Scott are set to receive a Maroons call-up because of the leadership vacuum left by Smith's sudden exit.

But he paid tribute to Smith, who he described as an outstanding "ambassador" and "student" in rugby league.

"... I know he's been a great player, but most importantly a person for the game more than anything else".

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

Smith admitted the lure of playing one last Origin game on the MCG and Suncorp Stadium made him think twice about playing on but in the end "the reasons for not playing outweighted the reasons for playing on".

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

Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough appears Smith's likely replacement at hooker while the kicking stocks look a little bare, perhaps forcing Cameron Munster or Josh McGuire to do the goal kicking for the Maroons.

Greg Inglis is widely seen as the most likely option to replace Smith as Queensland captain, with Inglis and NSW skipper Boyd Cordner in the frame to lead the national team.