Kangaroos regulars Cameron Smith and Matt Scott have no intentional of retiring from representative football anytime soon.
Australian skipper Smith will play his 45th Test when the Kangaroos clash with the Kiwis at Perth’s nib Stadium on Saturday.
One of the key figures in Queensland’s and Australia’s long periods of dominance Smith, 33, still gets a massive buzz out of playing in the green and gold jersey 10 years after he made his Test debut.
“For myself, I think it’s a privilege just to wear the Australian jersey and for any guy playing rugby league, to represent their home nation,” Smith said.
“I just want to try to keep playing well as long as I can and if I’m doing that and still contributing to the team the way the coaches want me to, I’ll keep putting my hand up.”
Smith took over the Kangaroos captaincy from Darren Lockyer in 2011 but first captained Australia in 2007.
“It doesn’t seem like that long ago, 2007, it was a one-off Test match in Wellington,” Smith said.
“Darren was injured and I got the opportunity to captain the side.
“A few games have passed since then and a few less hairs on the head but, for me, it’s no less exciting now than what it was back then.
“I’m really enjoying being part of the Kangaroos team, we’ve had a new sprinkling of youth injected into our squad, which is great for our team and great for the younger guys in our squad, it brings a new sort of energy to our program.”
Likewise Scott, who will play his 18th Test in the first ever rugby league international in Perth, can see no end in sight for his representative career.
“”I will play until I don’t get picked. That is how I see it, while ever I can do my job for the jersey I will,” Scott said.
“I would love to have a successful Four Nations and be a part of the World Cup next year.
“That would be a great result for me. But I am not going to put any timeline on it.
“I will play until the body breaks down or until I don’t get picked.”