Smith set to announce rep retirement, effective immediately

Smith set to announce rep retirement, effective immediately

Australia and Queensland captain Cameron Smith has announced he's ending his glittering representative rugby league career immediately, just three weeks out from the State of Origin series.

"As a kid growing up in Queensland, it was always a dream of mine to play for the Maroons, and to be able to achieve that and play alongside so many great players and work with passionate coaches like Mal and Kevvie has been incredible", he said.

"It's been a fairly lengthy process for me to come to this decision", Smith said. I started having some small thoughts about finishing up my representative career previous year. Right now is the right time for me to finish up.

"Last year, more than any other year, the Origin series in particular had an effect on me both physically and mentally", Smith told a news conference.

"It's been an absolutely enjoyable experience that I've had getting the opportunity to play for Queensland and to play for Australia". "The people that have sacrificed the most are my family", he said.

But he paid tribute to Smith, who he described as an outstanding "ambassador" and "student" in rugby league. My eldest has been to pretty much every rep game.

After Smith finished his statement, Walters joked about whether it was too late to convince him to play "two 30-minute spells".

"By the time I was getting towards retirement, I don't think there was even a debate about it".

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

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This means Smith won't play in the upcoming Origin series, leaving a hole in the No. 9 jersey for Queensland. "It's a massive blow", Walters said.

In that period he missed just one match - the series opener in 2010 due to injury - and won a record 26 matches.

The 34-year-old has featured in a record 42 Origins, steering Queensland to 11 series victories in the past 12 years, including six of them as captain.

With North Queensland languishing near the bottom of the NRL ladder, prop Scott has been indifferent form. The good news, however, being that sending off one of, if not the, greatest ever Maroons players should provide ample motivation as the Queenslanders push into a new era. Champion of the game. Smith counts seven Origin man-of-the-match awards to his name, with only Wally Lewis (8) earning more across a career.

The underlying theme of Smith's entire career is he is a victor.

The Kangaroos and Queensland captain made the announcement in Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon.

Fox League expert Matthew Johns rates Smith the greatest big-game, clutch player he has seen.

Regardless, Smith will depart the representative arena as one of the most prolific players at the game's highest level.

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