Cam Smith calls time on rep career

The champion hooker will continue playing for the Melbourne Storm but he will no longer represent his state or country

"I probably started having thoughts about finishing up my representative career a year ago".

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

"From a personal point of view I would have loved to have played on for a lot longer but unfortunately we don't live in a flawless world and those things don't happen", Smith said.

It means Queensland will have to appoint a new captain and hooker for the Origin series opener against New South Wales on June 6.

"The origin series in particular had an effect on me both physically and mentally out of any year I played", he said. Looking back on it now I just don't think that's fair for myself, I don't think that's fair on my family and also my teammates back here at Melbourne Storm.

The 34-year-old rugby league great, who will continue playing for his club Melbourne Storm, is the most capped player in the history of the annual interstate series with a remarkable 42 appearances.

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


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

Smith announced his shock representative retirement on Tuesday, ending a Maroons career that began in 2003 despite having just 18 NRL games to his name.

Maroons coach Kevin Walters joked he would have liked Smith to play on in "30-minute spells".

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".

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

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.

"I am one of the lucky ones, I got to fulfil my dreams".

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