No end in sight for Smith’s rep career

In what will sound alarm bells for NSW fans, all-conquering Queensland skipper Cameron Smith reckons there is no end in sight to his representative career.

Smith, 33, had been expected to concentrate solely on NRL duties with Melbourne after the 2018 season.

But the veteran hooker has clearly had a rethink after helping usher in the 2017 World Cup draw in Brisbane on Tuesday.

Smith guided the Maroons to 10 State of Origin series wins in 11 years in 2016, taking his Queensland tally to a record 39 games.

He has played 44 Tests for Australia.

And there may be plenty more rep duties to come, judging by a revitalised Smith.

“I haven’t really put an end date to any of my representative duties,” said Smith.

“If I am playing well and healthy and the selection committee believe I am the best man for the job I will put my hand up.”

But Smith reckons next year’s tournament will be his last World Cup – for now.

“I think so. I will be getting on a little bit,” he laughed.

However, Smith added: “More than likely this may be my last one.”

Smith has had a glittering representative career.

Yet redemption will motivate Smith ahead of the 2017 World Cup.

The last time a World Cup was held in Australia, New Zealand shocked the hosts to claim the 2008 crown in a Brisbane grand final boilover.

Eight years later organisers confirmed on Tuesday the 2017 World Cup decider would again be held at Suncorp Stadium.

“The last time we had a World Cup final wasn’t so great,” Smith said.

“So hopefully we get a chance to come back and make amends.”

Ten-time World Cup champions Australia will play pool games against Wayne Bennett’s England in Melbourne, France in Canberra and Lebanon in Sydney before an expected quarter-final in Darwin next year under the newly released draw.

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