Cam Smith calls time on rep career

Cameron Smith right has joined fellow great Johnathan Thurston in international and State of Origin retirement

Smith's exit follows the representative retirements of fellow Australian and Queensland greats Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk announced past year, leaving a huge void for Walters to fill.

Smith made his debut for Queensland in 2003 and played 42 Origin matches, winning 26 - both records in the series which is one of the most storied contests in the sport.

The physical and mental toll of Origin, as well as a desire to spend more time with his family were behind his decision, while Smith said he hoped it would extend his NRL career with the Storm.

The 34-year-old officially announced his representative retirement at a media conference in Melbourne this afternoon.

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

With this year's Origin series looming large, the Maroons side suddenly has a good news/bad news situation on their hands.

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

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Smith's record as an Australian representative is just as formidable, captaining the Kangaroos to the 2013 and 2017 World Cups, and the 2016 Four Nations title.

Smith's exit coincides with the representative retirements of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, which were announced at the end of past year.

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.

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

Ms Palaszczuk said Smith's retirement was a "blow" for Queensland but she was confident there would be another player to fill the void.

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

Greg Inglis is widely seen as the most likely option to replace Smith as Queensland captain, with Inglis and NSW skipper Boyd Cordner in the frame to lead the national team.

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