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Smith can break my Test record: Lockyer

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/05/2017 Matt Encarnacion

Darren Lockyer believes captain Cameron Smith can play on for another two NRL seasons and eventually overtake his record as the most capped Kangaroos player.

Smith will on Friday join Lockyer as the only players in history to reach the 50-Test milestone for the Kangaroos when he faces off against New Zealand in Canberra.

A maximum seven Tests this year, as well as the lone Test in 2018, means Smith will need to negotiate another season in the NRL to break Lockyer's 59-Test record for the Kangaroos.

Smith will be 34 by the time his current contract expires at the end of next season, however Lockyer is adamant Smith's body can hold up for another two years.

"I don't see any reason why not. He's 34 this year I think, 35 next year. He makes it look easy and the style of game he plays, age is no barrier for him," Lockyer told AAP.

"I think he'll get to 56 this year, and there's one game next year, so he'll get to 57. It's up to him whether he wants to play on beyond that."

Both Lockyer and Smith were acknowledged for reaching their half-century milestones with medals at a glittering function at the War Memorial in Canberra on Wednesday night.

The NRL surprised Smith by flying his wife and three kids to the nation's capital for the event.

While Lockyer has received a number of accolades throughout his decorated career, the former skipper was grateful Australia coach Mal Meninga recognised his contribution.

Fifty-Test players will now wear gold on their sleeves.

Lockyer said Smith deserved his award, and predicted the Melbourne captain would finish with the most games played in the NRL, Origin and international arena.

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