The representative career of Cameron Smith has come to a close with the announcement he will not turn out for Queensland Maroons in this year’s Origin series.
The thirty-four year old will go down in history as one of the most decorated players for his state. He represented the Maroons on 42 occasions, winning 26 times. It’s a remarkable period that may never be repeated where his state dominated in winning eleven series. He also won the Wally Lewis Medal for the player of the series four times.
Smith’s international career ends with 56 matches, seven short of Darren Lockyer’s record appearances for Australia. He skippered the winning Kangaroos World Cup sides in 2013 and 2017.
“Such a long period at that level does take its toll and this decision will allow me to spend more time with my family and will help me focus on the final stages of my club football with Melbourne.”, Smith told the Queensland Rugby League website.
Smith joins Cooper Cronk in representative retirement after the Roosters retired in December 2017.
Now the race starts to find a new number nine ahead of the opening Origin game at the MCG on June 6.
Andrew McCullough may be slightly ahead of Jake Friend in the battle on current form.