Smith set to announce rep retirement, effective immediately

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The rugby league-loving community have shared numerous tributes to Cameron Smith following news of his retirement from representative football.

Smith played 56 Tests for the Kangaroos, winning two World Cups, and made a record 42 Origin appearances for the Maroons.

The skipper is set to front the media today to make an announcement regarding his rep future, however Fox Sports' James Hooper has said that the decision to hang up the boots will be effective immediately for all rep footy.

He said: "That is something that I did think about when I was coming to my decision".

His 26 wins as an Origin player is the most of any player to don either Queensland or New South Wales guernseys.

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

"Last year, more than any other year, the Origin series in particular had an effect on me both physically and mentally".

"Looking back on it now I don't think that it is fair on myself, I don't think it's fair on my family and also my teammates back here at Melbourne Storm".

Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust

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.

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

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

"We've been fortunate that Cam's been ultra-durable and he doesn't miss too many games", Slater said.

"Respect, humility, all those things you like to see in people he shows that in every day of his life."

"I love being involved in the game, love playing the game and this extra commitment of representing Queensland in the middle of the season and then representing Australia at the end of the year - it does take its toll".

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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