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RLPA congratulates Cameron Smith

The Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) has today paid tribute to Cameron Smith, who has today officially announced his retirement from professional rugby league.
 
Smith retires holding several records – including being the most capped player in the game’s history with 430 NRL matches.
 
The former Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australian captain also played a key role on behalf of his fellow players during his career – highlighted by his appointment as RLPA General President in 2017.
 
RLPA Chief Executive Officer, Clint Newton, paid tribute to Smith’s significant contribution to the game and on behalf of his fellow players.
 
“On behalf of the RLPA and our members, I would like to congratulate Cam on a truly incredible contribution to the NRL and our game,” Newton said.
 
“Like anything in life, your impact will be measured by where you started, where you finished, and the legacy you leave in-between. In Cam’s case, he will go down as one of the greatest ever players in the game’s history because his ability to continually adapt as a player, person and leader are beyond any player I’ve experienced.

“The list of records and achievements are remarkable and show the dominant force he has been over a long period of time, both as a one-Club player and in the representative arena for Queensland and Australia.
   
“People are generally aware of his on-field achievements, but the critical role he chose to play for his fellow players by passionately and professionally representing the collective is mostly unknown to the public.
 
“Cam has been at the forefront of our Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations in the past, culminating in his appointment as RLPA General President in 2017.
 
“He has been the ultimate professional and ruthlessly competitive, which is no doubt why he has been able to compete at the highest level for almost two decades and positioning him perfectly for life away from professional Rugby League.
 
“We wish his wife Barb and Cam all the best for the bright future that lies ahead and congratulate both for their contribution to the game, the Melbourne Storm and the Rugby League fraternity.”
 
The RLPA will work through a process to appoint a replacement General President later this year.