Cameron Smith (Queensland Origin captain, Kangaroos, Melbourne Storm) has today announced his immediate retirement from representative football, making himself unavailable for Origin selection in about 2 weeks time.
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He said last year's representative season had a physical and mental effect on him, and he didn't think that was fair to himself, his family and his Storm teammates.
Whilst this is a blow to the Queensland Origin squad, it also opens it up for some new blood, both on the squad and for the captaincy. Who are your predictions? Let me know in the comments.