Sport Slater replaces Smith as Storm NRL skipper

03:51  16 may  2018
03:51  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Slater to walk before Origin III: Gould

  Slater to walk before Origin III: Gould Nine commentator Phil Gould believes Billy Slater will quit representative footy before the end of the 2018 State of Origin series.The Newcastle fullback has been electrifying in attack during the opening ten weeks of the competition and his form will be hard to ignore for Queensland coach Kevin Walters.

Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith couldn’t be prouder of close mate Billy Slater as he prepares to play his 300th NRL match. Slater will join the elite 300-game club on Saturday night against the Wests Tigers at AAMI Park after missing the Storm ’s opening-round win due to a jarred shoulder.

Slater , Smith milestones break game wide open. Billy Slater pounced onto another sweet offload from Felise It was Slater ’s 181st try in the NRL — a milestone achievement which has seen the Storm No. 1 Marshall replaced injured skipper Darius Boyd and with in his first set in attack put through a

Billy Slater of the Melbourne Storm. © Scott Barbour/Getty Images Billy Slater of the Melbourne Storm. Billy Slater will captain Melbourne Storm for the first time in his career when the NRL champions host Manly on Saturday night.

Slater is stepping in for suspended Storm skipper Cameron Smith and can use the AAMI Park match as an audition to also replace Smith as Queensland captain in next month's State of Origin.

Slater, Greg Inglis, Matt Scott and Darius Boyd are in the mix to lead the Maroons with the opening Origin at the MCG on June 6.

Smith, who pleaded guilty to a dangerous contact charge, called time on his illustrious representative career on Tuesday.

"I have not done that yet in my career so it will be an honour," Slater told SEN radio about being named captain.

"Obviously I'd love to have Cameron out there; I haven't played much footy without Cam but it is something to look forward to which I have not done before."

Brandon Smith has been named as the replacement for Smith at hooker.

'A legend on and off the field' .
The rugby league-loving community have shared numerous tributes to Cameron Smith following his retirement from representative footy.Smith announced the surprise move on Tuesday afternoon that he would no longer play rugby league beyond his club duties with the Melbourne Storm.

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