The rugby league-loving community have shared numerous tributes to Cameron Smith following news of his retirement from representative football.
Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough appears Smith's likely replacement at hooker while the kicking stocks look a little bare, perhaps forcing Cameron Munster or Josh McGuire to do the goal kicking for the Maroons.
"I just feel that the time is right after 15 years of representative footy", Smith said.
"I probably started having small thoughts about finishing up my representative career a year ago". Right now is the right time for me to finish up.
"Last year more than any other year, the Origin series in particular had an effect on me both physically and mentally out of any year I've played". It's not fair on me, my family and my Storm teammates (to continue).More news: Jason Witten expects Dez Bryant to sign with Packers
"The last couple of weeks have been much improved and I think somewhere near we know he can play". "You will always be one of the greats", Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
The Melbourne Storm captain is widely lauded as the best no.9 to have played the game and his records reflects this.
"I take my hat off to you mate", Walter said.
"I thought his performance in game three of a year ago was one of the best I have seen from anyone at that level and at age 34 that speaks volumes", said Walters.
His decision comes on the heels of similar retirements by fellow greats Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston late past year.More news: Kevin James, Leah Remini thank fans after 'Kevin Can Wait' cancellation
The shock announcement means Queensland will have to appoint a new captain and hooker for the Origin series opener on June 6. "It's a massive blow", Walters said.
The 34-year-old has featured in a record 42 Origins, steering Queensland to 11 series victories in the past 12 years, including six of them as captain. Queensland lengthened from $2.15 to $2.50.
With North Queensland languishing near the bottom of the NRL ladder, prop Scott has been indifferent form.
The Broncos (5-5), Cowboys (3-7) and Titans (3-7) have all underperformed this season and Queenslanders were looking for their Origin outfit to lift their spirits.
Smith also led Australia to wins in the 2013 and 2017 Rugby League World Cups, having played 56 Tests for the Kangaroos.More news: Clouds and Showers Leads Wednesday Weather Forecast
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