Australian and Queensland captain Cameron Smith has sent shockwaves through the rugby league world by retiring effective immediately from all representative football.
It is understood Smith will officially make the announcement this afternoon and has already told Melbourne Storm teammates. His Maroons teammates, such as South Sydney’s Greg Inglis, were seemingly unaware of his decision after being told about it at training by the media.
Smith has played 42 mighty games (26 wins) for Queensland and most recently held aloft the World Cup in 2017 for the Kangaroos.
Twitter was flooded within a matter of minutes:
Cameron Smith has just ended the best ever career in maroon, green and gold. Only Lockyer would come close. Champion of the game.— Chris Garry (@ChrisGarry7) May 15, 2018
Cameron Smith retiring from all rep footy effective immediately. Huge. Fitting to go out alongside Thurston and Cronk. #NRL— Alicia Newton (@anewts91) May 15, 2018
Has anyone shot to the #1 trend on Twitter that quickly? Cameron Smith retires from all rep footy. What a freaking rep career he has had. In shock.— Curtis Woodward (@woodward_curtis) May 15, 2018
As a hopelessly devoted Blues fan, Cameron Smith in a Maroons jersey has been the face of my heartbreak for a good part a decade, I don’t know how to feel about this retirement announcement— Kiki (@kiera_jay_s) May 15, 2018
JUST IN | Cameron Smith has retired from representative football, effective immediately.— SEN 1116 (@1116sen) May 15, 2018
He won't be playing in this year's State of Origin.
Cameron Smith retiring from rep football stunning. Very sad day for the game. There is no athlete in Australia today who has been more successful – a pretty big compliment when you consider he plays the best and toughest sport.— Nick Tedeschi (@Tedeschi8181) May 15, 2018