Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Cam Smith calls time on rep career

Cam Smith calls time on rep career

"It does not guarantee me any seasons in the NRL but I like to think it does give me an opportunity to stay on a bit longer".

What is clear from watching and listening to Smith is that he still loves playing and still has a sound body.

"It's been a fairly lengthy process for me to come to this decision", Smith said.

He also paid tribute to his wife Barbara and his children.

"I'm hopeful it does".

"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 ideal world and those things don't happen", Smith said.

Cameron Smith announced his retirement from representative rugby league effective immediately, ending a glittering career for Australia and Queensland.

"The amount of games he has played and the position he has played is a testament to the person he is and the character he is".

Thurston retired from representative duties himself past year to focus on his last season with North Queensland and laughed off suggestions he could make a comeback.

Smith has made a record 42 Origin appearances, and has a record 26 Origin wins.

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.

His exit coincides with the representative retirements of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, which were announced a year ago.

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

The Storm will be without Smith against Manly at AAMI Park on Saturday night as he serves a one-game suspension for a risky tackle last round.

Brandon Smith has been named as the replacement for Smith at hooker.

The champion hooker will continue playing for the Melbourne Storm but he will no longer represent his state or country.

Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.

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