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Cameron Smith retires from representative rugby league

Cameron Smith retires from representative rugby league”

ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk has hinted she is open to immortalising Queensland great Cameron Smith with a bronze statue outside Suncorp Stadium in light of his representative retirement.

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.

Since playmaker Thurston's debut in 2005, the pair have played a crucial role in the Maroons' 11 of the last 12 series victories.

"Brilliant representative career over a long period of time", NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said of Smith.

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The 34-year-old officially announced his representative retirement at a media conference in Melbourne this afternoon. I started having some small thoughts about finishing up my representative career past year.

Smith said the strain of the 2017 Origin series and Rugby League World Cup had helped make his mind up.

"I'd like to think it will give me the opportunity to play on in our domestic competition if it is the right thing for my family and the Melbourne Storm as well".

Smith played 56 games for Australia and has won a Tri-Nations series, five Four Nations tournaments and three World Cups.

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His departure follows Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk's retirements a year ago from the representative level.

But he paid tribute to Smith, who he described as an outstanding "ambassador" and "student" in rugby league.

"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.

Maroons coach Kevin Walter said he had an inkling that Smith was wavering about Origin in their discussions through the year.

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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.



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