Maroons star Cameron Smith quits weeks before Origin opener

Mccullough friend granville

Mccullough friend granville

"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.

Cameron Smith has surprisingly called an end to his representative career with Queensland and Australia just three weeks out from the beginning of the State of Origin series.

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

He has made 42 appearances for Queensland Maroons in the State of Origin, winning 11 series.

"I think if you remember back in 2017 I couldn't quite manage to back up after any of those matches, which is something I've done every other year that I've played, and maybe that was a sign to me right then that maybe it was time to finish my representative career, because I'm very proud of my ability to back up after Origin games and make myself available for my club".

A playmaking hooker and goalkicker, Smith took over as Queensland and Australia captain in 2012 and was voted the Rugby League International Federation's player of the year.

In his Origin career he missed just one game - the series opener in 2010 due to injury - and won a record 26 matches.

Smith's exit coincides with the representative retirements of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, which were announced at the end of 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've been away from you for a long time but you've always wanted me to pursue my dreams'.

This means Smith won't play in the upcoming Origin series, leaving a hole in the No. 9 jersey for Queensland.

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

"Cameron has been a great player, but he has been a great person for the game", Walters said.

Smith's decision is likely to springboard Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough into contention for a Queensland debut, while Jake Granville of the Cowboys could be another option.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.