Cameron Smith says World Cup final against England could be end of an era for the Kangaroos
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 01/12/17 6:54pm
Australia captain Cameron Smith says the Rugby League World Cup final against England on Saturday could be the end of an era for his side.
Full-back Billy Slater, who is the most prolific try-scorer in World Cup history, has hinted that, at 34, the final may be his last game for the Kangaroos. There are also question marks over the futures of Smith, 34, and scrum-half Cooper Cronk, 33.
Ahead of the final at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, Smith said: "Billy hasn't indicated to myself or the team that it could be his last game but I think there's probably a question mark over a few of the guys in the side at the moment.
"We're all getting a little bit older now. 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."
Australia and England faced off in the tournament's opening game, with the Kangaroos winning 18-4.
But despite emerging as winners last time around, Smith believes England will pose a threat to his side.
He said: "Their outside backs are very strong, they chew up a lot of metres when they're carrying the football.
"But they've got some pretty good boys through the middle as well who like to create momentum for their halves.
"To win a World Cup on home soil would be top of the tree as far as my international career is concerned but it's going to take a pretty big effort."