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Cameron Smith is most decorated player in the history of rugby league.
Born in Brisbane, Smith played for Logan Brothers as a child before progressing through the
Brisbane Norths junior system.
Debuting for the Melbourne Storm as a halfback in 2002, Smith soon found a home at hooker
and went on to lead the Storm to eight grand finals, Queensland to a record twelve State of
Origin titles in thirteen years, and Australia to two World Cups.
In 2007 Smith claimed the mantle of the world’s best player and in following five years since
won every individual and collective honour in the game, including the Golden Boot for International Player of the Year, Dally M Medal, Wally Lewis Medal, NRL Grand Final, State of Origin Series, Tri Nations and Four Nations Tournaments and the Rugby League World Cup.
Smith’s unrivalled form continued in 2013 when he rewarded Dally M Hooker of the Year, Dally
M Captain of the Year and Dally M Representative Player of the Year. To cap another incredible season, he went on to guide Australia to victory in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
Defying all odds, in 2017, aged 34, Cameron enjoyed his most successful season to date –
captaining Melbourne Storm to the NRL Minor Premiership and Premiership, Queensland to
another State of Origin series and Australia to victory in the Rugby League World Cup.
Individually he was crowned Melbourne Storm Player of the Year, Dally M Medalist for the
NRL’s Player of the Year and also collected the Golden Boot for best player in the world, along
the way breaking the record for most games played in the NRL (356).
In 2018 Smith sent shockwaves across rugby league by retiring from representative football – thereby relinquishing his Queensland and Australia captaincy roles. While depleting the stocks of the Maroons and Kangaroos, Melbourne Storm reaped the benefits with Smith leading the club to a third consecutive NRL Grand Final.
In 2019 Smith broke the NRL’s all-time points scoring record and bypassed the magical 400 NRL
game-barrier, an achievement many thought would never happen. Defying all odds, he then led
Melbourne Storm to their third minor premiership in four years.
In 2020, aged 37, Cameron led the Melbourne Storm to another NRL Premiership – his 5th – cementing his position as the greatest player in the history of rugby league.
A hugely influential person on the field and a humble statesman off it, Smith retired in early 2021 after 19 seasons.
He is widely regarded as one of the most influential Australian athletes of all time.