Smith hints at Kangaroos farewell in final

Dec 1, 2017 - 1:40 AM Australia captain Cameron Smith has hinted Saturday's Rugby League World Cup final against England could be a farewell for a number of Kangaroos - including himself.

Both Smith and Billy Slater, who are the only remaining survivors of Australia's 2008 World Cup team, have refused to commit to playing on in the green and gold beyond Saturday's decider.

Slater has already admitted the final could be his last Test match.

"If it's (Slater's) last game, we all want to make it a special moment for him and his family. He hasn't indicated to myself or the team that this would be his last game," Smith said on Friday.

However Slater may not be alone to bid adieu to the national jumper, with Smith suggesting there were uncertain futures for a number of Kangaroos veterans.

Slater and Smith, both 34, and 33-year-old halfback Cooper Cronk are the only players in coach Mal Meninga's side featuring at Suncorp Stadium who are over the age of 30.

"I think there's a question mark over a few of the guys in the side at the moment," Smith said.

"We're all getting a little bit older now and whether this will be our last game, I don't think anyone's made any clear decision or indication to anyone."

Smith also spoke out the importance of finishing up playing their best football.

"But I think for ourselves and what we've tried to build over the last two seasons, we want to make sure we go out playing our best football," he said.

"If we play our best football, we're a good chance of winning."

Meninga conceded it would be typical of Slater to have already made a decision on his international future but avoid dragging attention away from the occasion.

Australia haven't won a World Cup on home soil since 1977.

"If it was to be Billy's last game, it'd be nice to know internally for us because we want to celebrate that, we want to acknowledge that if that's the case," Meninga said.

"But he hasn't come to us with a decision so I'm assuming he's going to keep on playing."

Source: AAP

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