Cameron Smith's 300th game: A rugby league icon
Melbourne captain Cameron Smith will join an elite club of just 24 players to play 300 NRL matches when he leads the Storm onto the field tonight at AAMI Park.
The Storm hooker will be presented with the match ball to officially mark the milestone. He is just the 10th player to join the '300 Club' who represented only one team.
"Cameron is an icon of our game, a great leader and a wonderful role model," NRL CEO Dave Smith said.
"As Melbourne, Queensland and Australian captain; as a Premiership, State of Origin and World Cup champion; Dally M medallist; Golden Boot winner and RLIF Player of the Year, there is little in the game Cameron hasn't achieved," he said.
"The NRL is very lucky to have people of Cameron's calibre play Rugby League, but his impact goes well beyond the field of play.
"He is an outstanding ambassador who regularly goes above and beyond to help those less advantaged than himself.
"The NRL congratulates Cameron on his achievement and for all he does to promote our game," Mr Smith said.
THE 300 CLUB
App Player Club/s Years
355 Darren Lockyer Brisbane 1995-2011
350 Terry Lamb Wests, Canterbury 1980-1996
349 Steve Menzies Manly, Northern Eagles 1993-2008
336 Brad Fittler Penrith, Sydney Roosters 1989-2004
332 Cliff Lyons Norths, Manly 1985-1999
330 Nathan Hindmarsh Parramatta 1998-2012
328 Andrew Ettingshausen Cronulla 1983-2000
325 Geoff Gerard Parramatta, Manly, Penrith 1974-1989
318 Jason Croker Canberra 1991-2006
317 Hazem El Masri Bulldogs 1996-2009
315 Paul Langmack Canterbury, Wests, Easts 1983-1999
315 Luke Priddis Canberra, Bris, Penrith, St G. Illa 1997-2010
313 Steve Price Bulldogs, Warriors 1994-2009
313 Brent Kite St George Illawarra, Manly, Penrith 2002-
312 Ruben Wiki Canberra, Warriors 1993-2008
312 Corey Parker Brisbane 2001-
309 Petero Civoniceva Brisbane, Penrith 1998-2012
307 Brett Kimmorley N'castle, Hunter, Melb, N Eagles, Cron, C'bury 1995-2010
302 Anthony Minichiello Sydney Roosters 2000-2014
302 Anthony Watmough Northern Eagles, Manly, Parramatta 2002-
301 Luke Ricketson Sydney Roosters 1991-2005
300 Scott Prince North Qld, Bris, W. Tigers, Gold Coast 1998-2013
300 John Morris N'castle, P'matta, W. Tigers, C'nulla 2001-2014
299 Cameron Smith Melbourne 2002-