Cameron Smith to retire from representative football effective immediately

Queensland coach Kevin Walters paid glowing tribute to Smith saying the Maroons would not be able to replace him with anyone similar

Queensland coach Kevin Walters paid glowing tribute to Smith saying the Maroons would not be able to replace him with anyone similar

Cameron Smith has confirmed that we've seen the last of him on the representative level, announcing his retirement from Origin and Australian rep duties, effective immediately.

It's less than two weeks to go before the Queensland and NSW squads are announced for Game 1 of the 2018 State of Origin series on June 6.

Making his debut for Queensland in 2003, Smith has captained the side since 2012.

"Last year more than any other year, the Origin series in particular had an effect on me both physically and mentally out of any year I've played".

Smith counts seven Origin man-of-the-match awards to his name, with only Wally Lewis (8) earning more across a career.

He played 56 tests for Australia, including wins in the 2013 and 2017 World Cup.

And Smith has revealed that he would like to continue playing for Melbourne Storm for a couple of more years.

"The decision is a combination of the impact that representative football had on me and my family", Smith said.


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

Smith thanked his Storm coach Craig Bellamy for his support during his representative career, as well as his former Maroons mentors Mal Meninga and Wayne Bennett.

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

Queensland coach Kevin Walters said it would there was no replacement who could fill all of Smith's roles.

"It's a decision that I did take a lot of time to come to but in the end the reasons for not playing on far outweighed reasons to play on this year".

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

"Not only did they make me a better footballer and a better captain but a better person overall as well", he said.

"I was fortunate enough to have a good relationship with Cameron, not only through my time here at the Storm, but working as an assistant with the Kangaroos one year, and also with State of Origin of course which has been our main involvement".

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