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Jeremy Smith announces NRL retirement

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/05/2016
Former Kiwi Jeremy Smith has announced his NRL retirement. © Tony Feder/GETTY IMAGES Former Kiwi Jeremy Smith has announced his NRL retirement.

Premiership-winning forward Jeremy Smith is to retire at the end of the NRL season.

The 36-year-old Newcastle lock and former Kiwi announced his decision on Friday, to end a 12-year career spanning 201 games for Melbourne, Cronulla, St George Illawarra and Newcastle.

He won a premiership with the Dragons in 2010, while another title with Melbourne in 2007 was stripped due to the club's salary cap scandal.

Smith also played 22 Test matches for New Zealand.

"It is important for me to get this out of the way to start putting the pieces in place for life after football," Smith said.

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