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Cameron Smith is chaired off by Will Chambers and Jesse Bromwich.

On the eve of Cameron Smith's record breaking 400th NRL it's worth taking a look at his remarkable resume and reflecting on what makes him so good at his craft.

Individual accolades Smith holds include most games in the NRL (399), most points (2500) and most goals (1162) and this shows how good the 36-year-old is as a player, but the fact he has also played in the most wins (285) also displays how much of a team man he is.

Throw in the fact that Smith holds the record for the most State of Origin appearances (42) and the most Origin victories (26) and you start to get the picture about just how much the Queensland hooker has done.

Champion Storm and Queensland fullback Billy Slater knows Smith better than most.

Smith was playing his third game in the NRL in round one of the 2003 season when Slater debuted for the Storm and they would run out alongside each other more than 300 times for club, state and country.

"He is a really smart player," Slater noted. 

"He can go out there, play a game of football and he knows where he can get out of contact and he knows where he has to put himself in contact. 

"So, I think that has helped him throughout his years."

But it just can't be about durability and there has to be other factors that contribute to Smith's greatness.

To use horse racing parlance, if you saw Smith in the mounting yard you would probably afford him one quick glance and move on.

He isn't super quick or overly tall but it's between the ears where Smith has it all over the majority of his contemporaries.

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"He can be the best player on the field and you can not even know that he is out there," Slater said.

"When people get flustered and panic and frustrated, Cameron is composed."

And that might be Smith's greatest strength as a leader at club level with the Storm and previously for Queensland and Australia.

"He is just so calm," Storm youngster Ryan Papenhuyzen.

"Sometimes people panic and don't know what to do to get back in the game, but he trusts his game plan and he trusts what he has done over the years."

Of course, Smith also has plenty of tricks up his sleeve out on the field with ball in hand.

Slater rates his former teammate as the best passer he has ever seen, the best kicker he has ever seen and anyone who watches the Storm on a weekly basis knows exactly how well his decision-making is out on the field.

Perhaps the last word should go to Smith's long-time coach and close friend Craig Bellamy, who earlier this year claimed the hooker was the best player he has ever seen in the game.

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"Mother Nature was polite to him and given him a body that has allowed him to absorb the rigours of 18 seasons of NRL which is unbelievable," Bellamy said earlier this year.

"He's the guy who's always got the target on his head for the big guys in the other team so to do what he's done is remarkable."


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