Queensland coach Kevin Walters has hinted that there might be one last State of Origin run from both Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith and Super League-Bound Greg Inglis.

Smith is 37, but is showing no signs of slowing down, with the Storm well in the frame of another premiership title.

Two years ago, he announced that he was retiring from representative football so he could focus on the Storm.

There has been plenty of speculation about the future of Smith, who could head back to Queensland and align himself to the Brisbane Broncos or the Gold Coast Titans, should he continue to play on.

But should he choose retirement, it could open up the opportunity for him to finish his storied career with another Origin win.

Speaking on The Late Show With Matty Johns, Walters said that there is a chance for Smith to don the Maroon jersey one last time.

“The rumours about Cameron Smith, they’re not rumours,” he said.

“He’s still playing in the NRL, he’s got the No. 9 on his back for the Melbourne Storm and he could have a No. 9 on his back for the Maroons in November.”

It’s a bit of a different tale for Inglis. At the end of the 2019 season, Inglis announced his retirement from South Sydney citing injury problems.


But in May, the 33-year old announced he was coming out of retirement to sign with the Warrington Wolves.

As per Fox Sports, former Queensland great Johnathan Thurston urged the Maroons to ask Inglis to come back and help take down New South Wales.

“We’ve always had big, strong and athletic centres. That’s probably what we don’t have at the moment,” he said.

“He’s a competitor GI. When he puts that Maroons jersey on – I’ve seen the look in his eye – If he’s got that look in his eye, you’re not going to get beaten.

“It would be good to see him go out there and just annihilate a few bodies for us.”


  1. 1. Ponga
    2. Fedlt
    3. Holmes
    4. GI
    5. Gagai/Oates
    6. Munster
    7. DCE
    8. Pappalii
    9. Smith
    10. McQuire
    11. Su’a
    12. Kaufusi
    13. Arrow

    14. Hunt
    15. Napa
    16. Carrigan
    17. Fotuaika

    18. Gagai/Oates/Thompson
    19. Brimson/Mahoney/Grant
    20. Ofahungue/Hess/Faasumasuli/Welch

    I’d like Cam Smith but GI I’d be seriously questioning. If he can play at 80% or better then sure but he has been away from the game for a while and would be going up against the likes of Wighton or Tommy Tubro two of the better players in the game right now.
    This teams isn’t as bad as I thought it would be but still is a bit weak in comparison to the teams from the past 10 years. Still I wouldn’t right is off. Ponga Munster DCE is a lethal attacking combo. Fedlt Holmes Oates these guys start sets off well, making early metres. Pappa is still one of the best props, McQuire gives you experience, Arrow is a work horse.
    My worry would be centres-second row.

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