Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
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Cameron Smith retires from representative rugby league

Cameron Smith retires from representative rugby league

He said: "That is something that I did think about when I was coming to my decision".

"I probably started having small thoughts about finishing up my representative career previous year".

The 34-year-old Smith dropped the bombshell news at a Melbourne media conference on Tuesday, saying he'd been thinking about it since last year and "now is the right time for me to finish up".

He won the Wally Lewis Medal four times to go with two Harry Sunderland Medals for the Kangaroos' player of the year.

"The origin series in particular had an effect on me both physically and mentally out of any year I played", he said.

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

Smith's exit follows with the representative retirements of fellow Australian and Queensland greats Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, which were announced a year ago.

Smith's retirement does strip the Maroons of their captain, goal kicker and most experienced leader but he hopes it will give him the best chance to extend his NRL career for as long as possible.

The rugby league-loving community have shared numerous tributes to Cameron Smith following news of his retirement from representative football.

Lockyer himself fostered Queensland's Origin dominance, skippering six series victories of his own for the Maroons, and played alongside Smith for Queensland and Australia between 2003 and 2011.

Walters said it was fitting Smith's final Origin appearance in 2017 was one to remember.

"He's been a great person for the game, more than anything else", Walters said.

"I thought his performance in Game 3 of past year was one of the best I have seen from anyone at that level, and at 34 that speaks volumes", Walters said.

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.

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