Cameron Smith is reportedly set to announce an end to his representative career for Queensland and Australia, effective immediately.
The 34-year-old Smith announced the decision Tuesday, three weeks out from the start of the annual interstate Origin series against New South Wales.
Smith, the most-capped Maroon of all time, leaves a giant void in the Maroons side at hooker; a position he's had locked down in the Queensland side since 2003.
Smith's exit follows with the representative retirements of fellow Australian and Queensland greats Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, which were announced past year.
Lockyer himself fostered Queensland's Origin dominance, skippering six series victories of his own for the Maroons, and played alongside Smith for Queensland and Australia between 2003 and 2011. "My attractive wife Barbara and my children".
"Brilliant representative career over a long period of time", NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said of Smith.
"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".
'I thought his performance in game 3 of past year was one of the best I have seen from anyone at that level and at age 34 that speaks volumes, ' said Walters.
Smith's exit is likely to springboard Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough into a Queensland Origin debut in the June 6 series opener at the MCG, while Jake Granville of the Cowboys could be another option.
"We've still got a couple of guys there who have played a lot of Origin football", Walters told AAP.
Cameron Smith made his Origin debut for Queensland at age 20, and his Test debut at 23 - at such a young age, you could excuse a player for being naive and nervous on the biggest stage.
Smith stands head to head with the giants of State of Origin, notching up seven man of the match awards for Queensland. The good news, however, being that sending off one of, if not the, greatest ever Maroons players should provide ample motivation as the Queenslanders push into a new era. The legendary Wally Lewis won the honour eight times.
Regardless, Smith will depart the representative arena as one of the most prolific players at the game's highest level.
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